If I could go back and chat with my 22 year old self I would tell her that the mentors were WRONG!
How to help our students become better listeners!
As the world changes, many schools and education programmes are cutting music from the curriculum. Although I can understand some of the reasons – the annual cost of running a music department, shortage of music teachers, push on STEM subjects; in my personal opinion cutting music is a grave mistake.
During the last few years there has been a lot of conversations about how educators can avoid burn-out by using self-care strategies but in reality exhaustion, burn-out and stress have always been common place in education.
Delivering a music concert requires you to be focused on delivering the best creative performances as well as manage the logistics and smooth running of the event. In fact, when so many music teachers work alone, this is a massive amount of work by itself. So it is no wonder that we forget to plan what we are going to say until 5 minutes before the concert!
Every year, audiences all around the world sit in school halls to watch the annual winter concert. Yet very few people understand the massive commitment and workload that goes into present and creating school concerts.
Are you the bubbly music teacher that loves music? But recently you have found yourself feeling a bit down, fed up and unmotivated. Have you considered that you might be absorbing negativity without even realising it??
Anxiety can be a cruel visitor. issues and stopping you from living your healthiest and happiest self.
Everyone telling you to self-care! Hard to do when teaching expectations seem to be changing constantly on a daily basis – right?
For all those of you wondering if you should take your music skills to the next level and turn it into a career then I would strongly recommend you consider music education.