I never knew I liked kids but teaching them drums and percussion has awakened something. From the tilted head, tongue out “I can’t do that Alan” to the neck straightened and imaginary popping sound when they get it, I just love teaching and get more out of it than I put in.
When teaching children you learn to be patient … and to adapt. While volunteering, I’ve learned that being there regularly is most important. The instruction is just the gravy. We all hunger for love, and to a kid, consistency is paramount. The fact that you’re there and part of their lives, that’s the meat of it. It takes time to build a strong relationship and being dependable is the brick and mortar for its foundation.