In the book, The Integrity Advantage, Gostick and Telford identify ten integrity characteristics. Integrity characteristics can be integrated into the life of the whole musician—the musician with all the different parts working well and delivering the functions that they were designed to deliver to students, colleagues, and audiences. One integrity characteristic a teacher should develop in a studio is …
To create a culture of trust. You develop a work environment that will not test the personal integrity of your students or your colleagues.
I am privileged to have a studio of nearly twenty adult organ students with whom I share a culture of trust. Some of my students have played for churches for years and are studying to enhance their service playing skills while others are pursuing playing the organ as a new avocation.
Together we have created a wonderfully trusting and supportive community where ideas and performances are shared freely and easily.
Student recitals, play-ins, organ crawls, theory lessons, and group lessons are events which enhance the shared culture of trust. Students become colleagues in pursuit of realizing their goals of becoming better organists. Working together, sharing ideas and music, creates an environment of trust does not test the personal integrity of any student.