I’ve always said I could teach anyone to dance. Now, I’m not so sure.
I have a student who cannot hear the beat. More specifically, he can’t dance and hear the beat correctly at the same time. What’s worse, he seems to have even less rhythm now than when he started taking private lessons with me a year ago.
It’s getting very hard to teach him anything new, because each new element I introduce erodes his sense of timing even further. It’s impossible to dance through a three minute song on time unless I back lead him through the entire piece, which I don’t believe is good teaching.
I know it’s embarrassing for my student when I stop him after every few bars, but I feel I can’t ignore this most basic problem. My student has mentioned that he would like to compete someday, but that’s not even on the horizon right now.
He is a kind person, but I’m at my wits end. Please help me to help my student.
Frustrated in Colorado