In a cultural milieu that seems to enforce conformity over individualism, how does the modern teacher go about ‘changing their mind’? Challenging one’s own beliefs in teaching can open new vistas and consolidate one’s pedagogy on an ongoing basis. Where are your beliefs rigid as a teacher? Do you know why? Discussion of belief about vocal placement is explored (a mare’s nest) as well as beliefs on breathing. There is definite merit in staying open to ideas that at first blush might be rejected outright. The example of Frederick Root and Manuel Garcia II, 19th-century pedagogues, are discussed for their open-minded teaching example. How can a teacher change their mind? Brian and Justin have some ideas.
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