You hire integrity and you promote those who show an ability to be trusted.
Fill your musical lives with those colleagues and students who have integrity. Share ideas with them, learn from them, listen to them, interact with them, and encourage them to grow in their professional competencies.
Your musical colleagues and students are a wealth of information. Encourage those in your musical circle to share their ideas for programs, church music, workshops, cohort building, and practice and performance tips. Everyone has a different musical background and thus may have totally different insights than yours into a piece of music or a performance experience.
With an open and receptive mind, a teacher can always learn as much or more from her students than she shares. I encourage/require my students to bring to each lesson at least three questions. These questions range from “how do I pedal this phrase?” to “what is a gemshorn?” and always stimulate interesting discussion and a great learning opportunity for both student and teacher. T
Take time to listen to your colleagues. Attend their concerts, workshops, and church services. Every organist plays in a unique style and quite possibly you will hear music you want to add to your repertoire, a unique soundscape, or a different way to introduce the Doxology.
Build community activities such as recitals and play-in opportunities into your teaching studio. Students learn so much from one another in a supportive and nurturing environment.
None of us ever gets enough praise and encouragement. Make sure you give more than you receive in this area.
Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist