I've been slow on the blog updates here, but in 2015 I aim to rectify that. Over the coming months I'll be adding regular entries here, discussing a range of topics that arise in different areas of my life as a musician and teacher.
My teaching life resumes next week after the summer break. As any sessional music teacher will understand (except perhaps guitar teachers!), this is the time of trepidation, not knowing whether or not you will have enough students to pay the mortgage and the bills. I've been fortunate enough to have worked in a number of excellent music departments over the years, but that doesn't necessarily lead to wage security. We rely on many different factors in order to build a good student list that can be sustained.
Firstly, our own skill as a teacher, which helps in getting current students to continue. Poor teaching loses students quicker than anything else.Read more: Blog