M.I.S.T is not only an easy acronym to remember but it is also an easy way to remember my teaching philosophy; mentor/meditate, inspire/influence, support and teach.
Mentor – A wise and trusted counselor or teacher: She spent years mentoring to junior employees.
Meditate – to engage in thought or contemplation; reflect.
Inspire – to produce or arouse (a feeling, thought, etc.): to inspire confidence in others.
Influence – the action or process of producing effects on the actions,behavior, opinions, etc., of another or others: Her mother’s influence made her stay.
Support – to maintain (a person, family, establishment, institution, etc.)by supplying with things necessary to existence; provide for: to support a family.
Teach – to impart knowledge of or skill in; give instruction in: She teaches mathematics.
Learning to play the guitar will require students to embrace the 3 P’s.
Patients, because this is a journey without destination so we are never done learning. Learning to play guitar will take a lot of practice. Why? Guitar relies on you having finely tuned motor skills in your hands. A motor skill is a learned sequence of movements that combine to produce a smooth, efficient action in order to master a particular task. Their will undoubtedly be days that the guitar seems harder to play than others, so we stress persistence. You never know, a major breakthrough may be a day away.
Gary Marcus wrote a great book on this subject titled, Guitar Zero.