And then, I feel like a fake.
Because here's what I know. I don't really have a whole lot to do with how good my students are when they perform. Oh, I offer suggestions how to interpret things. I tell them if something isn't working. I help write introductions. But the hard work? That's the kids.
The really good ones, come with a piece that they have found and believe in. They find time in a really busy schedule to practice their piece one (or two) more times before they go home. These kids, they're never satisfied, it's never good enough. They constantly try new ways to say and do things, they record themselves and watch it back, and they ask, "What about if I do it this way?"
And they deliver. They are all in. They share their pieces with pride, passion and poise.
You can't coach that.