I recall a student I had many years ago when I lived in Michigan. She was a young, slim, attractive lady. Anyway, she showed up for her first guitar lesson and after our initial introduction, I sat down to discuss with her the basics of the guitar and music.
As I started to explain to this guitar student about how the open strings are numbered from 1 to 6 and how each string relates to the musical alphabet, she stopped me and mentioned her self-improvement tapes. She apparently was listening to tapes and reading books to improve her image and self-esteem. Next, she told me that she was on a weight loss program, which at first glance, didn’t appear to be necessary. I soon learned that she broke up with her boyfriend and wasn’t very happy about how life was going at the moment. While I tried to reassure her, I also did my best to get her focused on learning about the guitar.
An hour went by rather quickly. Although I was interrupted by the student on more than one occasion, when I tried to advise her that the lesson was over, she finally paid me for her lesson. I concluded the first lesson by stating “Next time, please bring a guitar to your lesson”, which is apparently something she forgot to do.
So just like the bar tender who has to listen to all those sad stories, I was wondering if the role of a music teacher is to sometimes provide therapy for those in need? I guess for the budget concious, the music teacher is cheaper than the psychologist.