Hobbyby scottgilesmusic scottgilesmusic on 06/14/13
Music is more than a hobby. Well, it is to some. That's one of the important things about teaching... you have to keep in mind who your student is and what they want. Not everyone has the same agenda.
Some want to play as a pastime, others want training for a career and some wish to be serious artists (and hopefully, the careerist is actually interested in all three of these things). Some people don't know why they want to play an instrument.
It's important that people are instructed with a thought to who they are and what they want and are not treated as some generic student.
Knowing people, understanding how to work with them and getting across unfamiliar ideas and techniques are part of the art of teaching.