With the start of a new term comes new students. My teaching style is based on the student and their personality. For this to work, I have to find some quick ways to get to know my students so we can work well together.
1. Try some humor. I can find out if the student is able to laugh at themselves and others. This is a great indicator of how much I can use humor to point out and correct mistakes.
2. Ask what kind of music they like. Some students have a clear vision of their musical tastes - then we can dive right into something they enjoy as soon as they are ready. Some have not actually thought about it until I ask them - then I will have them listen to different types of music to see what they like.
3. Show interest in their other activities. Finding out what other activities the students enjoy is a great way to connect. If I have also done that activity I can share my experience. If I have not done that activity I can learn something new from the student!