The processes of teaching the child that everything cannot be as he wills it are apt to be painful both to him and to his teacher.
I think there are so many ways to become interested in music. I believe signs of sustained interest gives a sense of the right time. Music, if thought of as a language, would perhaps indicate that as early as possible is not so bad. I do believe that a really nurturing first teacher that makes the child love something is crucial.
If a teacher does not involve himself, his values, his commitments, in the course of discussion, why should the students?
I went to school at this log school house. A white woman was my teacher, I do not remember her name. My father had to pay her one dollar a month for me. Us kids that went to school did not have desks, we used slates and set on the hued down logs for seats.
Everyone who remembers his own education remembers teachers, not methods and techniques. The teacher is the heart of the educational system.