24 Apr Teacher Spotlight: Ravi Arthur
Every Friday we are highlighting one of our truly amazing teachers. This week the spotlight falls on Music teacher Ravi Arthur.
Where are you from?
Bengaluru, South India
What courses do you teach?
I teach Beginning, Junior and Advanced Orchestras. I also give individual lessons in classical guitar, violin, viola, cello and bass.
How many years have you been teaching?
I will complete 26 years this June.
What makes you feel fulfilled as a teacher?
I think it is easy to get students to love pop music. Nourishing love for classical music and teaching the discipline needed for making music can be much more of a challenge. It is what I find to be the most fulfilling aspect of being a teacher. I’ll often receive thank you cards from graduating student that read, “I really did not like classical music when I started but have learned to love it!” That is what keeps me going!
What are you currently working on in your classroom?
We are currently preparing for concerts and studio recitals, working on developing musical literacy and preparing seniors for their highlights concert.
What is your favorite part of teaching at Woodstock?
I really enjoy the large group ensembles and working on repertoire from literally “scratch” (strings players will empathize) to making them concert ready.
What makes Woodstock students unique?
The diversity and a culture of warmth between students and staff.