Saturday Sessions: Carrie Newcomer on teaching & learning
Indiana based singer and songwriter and workshop leader Carrie Newcomer reflects on what makes a good teacher.
"A good teacher is a partner who understands and echoes the voice of your internal Editor/Champion," Newcomer says, "and not your internal Critic."
"What I mean by this is your internal Editor/ Champion is always on your side, and it’s excited that you want to make art. It wants you to grow and keep creating. It says, 'Let's study what is working, consider carefully what isn’t working, and then find a way together to make it better.' The internal Critic wants to shut you down and keep you from creating. The internal Critic shames you and slams you, but offers no useful information on how to get better.
"At a certain point I gave myself permission to not complete a workshop experience if the teacher only echoed the internal critic. But I’m very grateful for my experiences with teachers who work with my internal Editor/Champion, for with those teachers I not only learn more, but gain new energy for making art.
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Music Road: Wilderness Plots: the dvd
2010 Songwriter's Market: Where & How to Market Your Songs forthcoming in October. Newcomer was one of several artists I spoke with for an article about how to get the most out of songwriting workshops.