September 4


I Don’t Know

Know what's awkward?

When you ask a student a question, and they just stare back at you.

To be fair, it's mainly kids. But even adults do it from time to time. And most adults did this as kids at some point, so...there you go.

Somewhere in human history, we lost the courage to say, "I don't know." 

Not sure if it's classroom shame that caused it. Maybe it was the Cold War. Or, a weird alignment of the planets.


"I don't know" opens possibilities. 

Because in theory, you'll get to know right afterwards. Because you're know...a teacher. Someone who is (hopefully) trained in the art of helping you know things.

When you're not sure, cut to the chase. Say, "I don't know." It's the fastest path to knowing.

And if you have a teacher who gives you a hard time...?

Well, take that as a sign that it's time to find a new teacher.

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About Jonathan Roberts

I am the founder and director of the South Shore Piano School, and I have been teaching the piano for nearly 20 years. My work centers around bringing music to the lives of kids, parents, and adults in an enriching, meaningful way. At the South Shore Piano School, my incredible colleagues and I accomplish this through skill-based teaching, community, and an innovative, people-first business model. You can read more about me here.


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