Perhaps this goes without saying, but I think it's important to give my students my best. Of course this applies to sharing what I know about the flute and music, but for me, it also means promoting a healthy and active life.
About a year and a half ago, I started taking any interested students out for a run early on Tuesday mornings. While we miss a week here and there because of weather or schedule conflicts, we generally leave at 6 or 6:30 and run for about 3 miles. I know that 3 miles a week isn't going to change anyone's life, but the idea is that an added awareness of physical wellbeing will infiltrate daily life.
And, I really enjoy getting to know my students apart from the lesson atmosphere. I try not to muddy the teacher/student relationship too much, but barring inappropriateness, I think it's actually good for my students to know me as a whole person, not just as their flute teacher. Of course, it's also good for me to know my students more completely. I enjoy the talks we have while running, and I hope they feel the same way.
So, here we go... The semester starts tomorrow, so this Tuesday morning, we'll meet in the parking lot behind the music building at 6:30AM. I'm looking forward to it.
The following is the email I sent when I first initiated the runs in the fall of 2011.
Dear Music Majors and Faculty: