DANIEL COYLE: Embrace the Struggle. “I remember working with a voice student years ago and sensing his growing frustration in the lesson. I finally asked him what was bothering him. He replied by asking why I was so negative and spent so much time working on the things he couldn’t do instead of praising him for the things he could. I answered that I did recognize (and told him) all those things he did well, but if we spent most of our time on things that were easy for him, he wouldn’t make progress. We then worked together to find ways for him to feel good about his accomplishments, but also to put up with spending most of his time practicing those things that weren’t easy—which were, in fact, a struggle.” We’ve all felt this way before, and it’s good to remind students that we’re there to improve things we struggle at.