Last January I wrote a blog about new year resolutions as they pertain to music lessons. For the four of you who read it, thank you. Those of you who weren’t able to enjoy yet another entertaining array of anecdotes from yours truly, I’ll give quick summarization and move on. In a nutshell, I discussed the many advantages of being a student, (i.e. the “why’s” the “how’s) whether private, with a community program, or in higher education. Unbelievably it is one year later, and I decided this time to talk about music lessons from the teachers perspective. How we do it, and more importantly, why we do it.
“Get that education degree so you’ll have something to fall back on!”. If I were speaking to music teachers in a lecture hall, I would bet everything I own that ninety percent of the working musicians would guffaw at that statement. In truth, I never found anything remotely edifying about that. If you really translate it, it’s saying that you should set out to study something else in case you can’t do what you really want to do. First of all, falling back on ANYTHING sounds painful. I fell back on ice once and now I don’t ice skate. I fell back on skis once, and now I don’t ski. So aside from my disdain for winter activities, “falling back” on education should not be anyones Plan B. I won’t over load this blog with movie references, but I’m sure you have all seen and enjoyed “Mr. Holland’s Opus”. Even though I’ll always think of Richard Dreyfuss as the nerdy “Hooper” from “Jaws”,(no more references, I promise) I thought his portrayal of a frustrated musician forced into the ills of academia (High School) was entertaining and in some ways home hitting. But BOY was he miserable for the first 10 years!Read More