``In my dictionary, the outstanding teacher is never a pessimist, but rather is what I would term an optimistic realist. She is a realist in recognizing her own limitations but is not defeated by them. She is a realist when she constantly evaluates the abilities of her students. She shows her realism by her constant study; by planning carefully her class presentations in rehearsals; by her experimentation; and by learning to know her people as individuals not just as bodies, names, or numbers. Yet she is an optimist, for her faith will never waver in herself, in her students--and most importantly in her music.''
--Howard Swan (modified)