When reflecting back on the last week of teaching, confidence was the topic that I had found myself discussing in depth with all of my students and choirs. It didn’t matter about age, gender or experience, because the challenges were all the same.
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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.
One of the biggest challenges of learning a musical instrument is balancing your weekly practice, particularly for teenagers and adult learners. Many people feel guilty because they don’t practice enough each week and are self-critical on themselves. If this sounds familiar then this might be because you have been told you need to practice every day for big chunks of time.
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.
One of the areas needed to grow a music program is to understand the need to educate and communicate with the wider community about the excellent work you and your students are doing on a daily basis. But, very few colleges or universities teach music graduates how to successfully market their music programs or studios.
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!
Learning an instrument needs practice – no one would disagree with that. But, knowing how to practice effectively and efficiently to make good progress is a little more challenging.
Encouraging children to love music is easy but encouraging them to be brave and confident musicians is a skill to master.