My students have their first Thursday rehearsal today; it’s a chance to work on drills, build practice skills, enhance camaraderie, test their team’s strength – all without me around as an “authority figure.”

Would their hour be more effective with me planning and leading the rehearsal? Probably. Would they get as much out of it? Definitely not.

My students struggle, fail, grow, and succeed because this opportunity demands it. Student-driven learning is as important a component of what I offer my students as my own expertise.

How do you encourage student-driven achievement? Could you better serve your students by teaching less?!

Could we apply the music class student-leadership model beyond the arts?