Teaching does not have anything to do with authority. It has to do with generosity and humility. Generosity because we share the experience and the necessity to learn, humility because we grow up with questions much more than with absolute answers.
Teaching can not be unidirectional: the shared time during a lesson has to nourish both parties.
To acknowledge the person in front of you is essential – discovering the person’s needs, interests, capacities, desires – that is why the essence of teaching is observing, listening, asking and finding the precise words and images to transmit and explain your experience.
I love to teach. When teaching I learn and receive as much as I give:
- At the Music School of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis where the possibilities for human and musical development are great.
- At Hautrive Monastery where the cistercian brothers‘ community has opened its doors and hearts.
- With Cantaderas Ensemble and the project Dando Voces, bringing into life melodies with women’s voices from the villages where we are invited.
- At the Escuela de Música Medieval y de Tradición Oral de Madrid directed by Paloma Gutiérrez, where we enjoy the process of reconstructing forgotten repertoires.
Thanks to all of you.