I have found it necessary to spend the first couple classes laying some groundwork about healthy attitudes and approaches to learning, and naming and avoiding unhealthy approaches and attitudes that stunt growth. Toward this end, I have found one book helpful.
Two young fish are swimming along when they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says “Morning, boys. How’s the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes “What the hell is water?”
Music has been and can continue to be a powerful tool in the transmission of wisdom. Like no other mode of communication, music has the power to transcend the spoken word and relate what is being said to the emotional and spiritual self in addition to the rational self.