Yesterday evening I attended a training session for district treasurers sponsored by the Ontario Senior Secondary Teachers’ Association, the union that I belong to as a faculty member of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. I have a set of new duties starting in the coming weeks, as I’ve recently agreed to take on the responsibility of being the treasurer of the RCM Faculty Association.
One of the things I’ve noticed in the finest teachers I’ve observed over the years is that they never stand still at their comfort level, but branch out into new and interesting directions even after many years in the studio. Often the new skills that they acquire are only peripherally related to their field of study, but are a way forward into an ever-expanding toolbox of extended teacher skills.
Here is a partial list of the types of skills that teachers may wish to acquire over the course of a career: