I was recently pose the question by a young flutist that I know. She is studying at a major music school. She wanted to know how many teachers I have had. She wants to change teachers, but didn’t know if it was a good move for her or not.
My answer to her was: I started the harp with one teacher. I then move to another teacher at a different school because this new teacher had something to offer that I was looking for in my own playing. After I was finished with school, I have contunied to seek out teachers. When I wanted to “beef up” my orchestral playing, I sought out a very good teacher that I respected as an excellent orchestra harpist. I have sought out a teacher that was good at chamber music. Most recently I have started taking lessons with a teacher to learn a concerto.
To sum up, I supported her decision to switch base on the fact that she found that she needed something more in her studies.