Six years of tertiary training gave me the musical knowledge I use everyday in my studio, but when I started teaching I quickly realized that there was a lot more to teaching than music. I’ve compiled a list of qualities every great teacher needs. While many teachers spend the summer reflecting on or increasing their musical knowledge and skills, perhaps there is also time to consider where you stand on the essential non-musical skills also. [···]
What are you thankful for? Here in the United States, we have set aside a day to remember our blessings., dating back to the pilgrims’ giving thanks for the food and provision they had after suffering a terrible winter of death and tragedy.
My family has its traditions; turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie (my favorite is apple), and delicious homemade bread. We sit in the living room and sing songs related to Thanksgiving, harvest, and gathering together. For the last few years, I’ve had the privilege of playing for such an event.
Though I am terribly busy with college studies and teaching, I wanted to write here about truly being thankful for our studios and the families that come our way.
What are you thankful for today? [···]