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Offline maplecleff1215

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Any advice for an aspiring teacher?
« on: September 13, 2018, 11:45:18 PM »
I'm very seriously considering majoring in piano pedagogy. I'm mostly worried about financial stability and burning out on teaching. Could anyone share any experiences or advice? Or any other general tips?

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Re: Any advice for an aspiring teacher?
«Reply #1 on: December 18, 2018, 05:37:54 PM »
Don't put all your eggs in one basket.  Go ahead and  major in pedagogy, if you are passionate about the subject, you will enjoy it.

However, many successful professional musicians will be entrepreneurial and have a diverse skill set.  In part, this diversity of activities is what keeps them from burning out.  That includes those with teaching jobs at a conservatory or even university professors.  While teaching may be your main activity you may want to do other things like: accompany or direct a choir, do vocal coaching for the students of your colleague voice teachers, write or submit papers to journals, compose and publish music for students based on your experiences as a teacher.  You never know, maybe you might get into oil painting as a thing to take your mind off work (a number of my teachers are accomplished at some form of visual art). 

Plan on having multiple income sources.  It is a reality for most pro musicians, even those employed by a large institution.  This is both the curse and blessing of being a musician.  For many other professions, if you get laid off you are basically hung dry without a job.  For a musician, it may just mean a temporary reduction in income, because there are several jobs always lined up. 
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Re: Any advice for an aspiring teacher?
«Reply #2 on: January 01, 2019, 07:35:34 PM »
For the past 15 years I have taught piano part-time making a good income. I still look forward to teaching and attribute it to the method I teach and its amazing training programs, which teach not only content, but managing relationships and your business.