Sometimes being a music teacher is an inspiring, rewarding exhilarating leap into a wondrous musical landscape that knows no limits.
Other times it is complete drudgery that makes thirty-minute lessons seem like they last a lifetime and, I swear, if I have to hear you mess up the simple exercise of playing chopsticks on your little piano again, I’m going to freak the heck out.
Such is the problem of being a music teacher. Some days are wonderful, some days are painful. Which is why we’ll let you in on a little secret: after the day is done, and the lessons are finished, we suggest you sit back, relax and enjoy a nice glass or five of wine.
As you sit and relax, the day will somehow seem much brighter.
The notes you first recalled as painfully repetitive and annoying now may float through your brain as a gorgeous harmony, mature and inspired.
Was the guitar student completely unable to, for five friggin’ seconds, focus on actually playing the most basic chord progression in history - or, now, in the warm afterglow of some finely aged Pinot Grigio, was the student simply flexing their artistic muscle in a new and glorious way?
Would the incessant banging of the cymbal by your 11-year-old student drive you to the brink of insanity - or, hey, was that a young Ringo Starr you had the pleasure of inspiring? Who’s to say?
All we know, is you deserve another glass of wine.
As you, the venerated music teacher, sits back and considers your career as a music teacher, you realize so many fantastic opportunities and experiences that you’ve been presented with over the years:
One thing you know for sure: the liquor store is open until 10pm.