I opened the mailbox today to find the results of the evaluations each of my National Guitar Workshop students did at the end of our week together. The folks at Guitar Workshop gave me all of the info from each member of the class but stripped the names so as to keep the evaluations anonymous. I have to admit, I was a little nervous opening the envelope – it’s been a while since my last report card and as far as I’m concerned that’s exactly what this was. I skimmed the cover letter and noticed that I have been invited to teach at NGW again next year. Alright, the evaluations must not be too awful.
Without going into all of the criteria I was scored on, on a scale of 1 to 10 my Jazz I class rated me a 9.67 and my Modern Acoustic I gave me a 9.98. Wow! That made my day! Even more fun than the good numbers were the additional comments that were included:
“John was one of the best teachers I’ve ever had.”
“John Horne is cool.”
“John was an excellent instructor. This is my third time here, and I got more out of this major than any other.”
“John was patient and worked hard to include everyone. He gave me personal time and I appreciated his approach very much.”
“Excellent instructor and all-around good guy. Helped me work out direction for further study.”
It’s often hard to know how much students take away from a class or lesson. I’m so happy to know that I’m reaching folks with my ideas and helping them to reach their goals!