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What it means to be a music teacher

As a former music teacher, I know it’s hard to quantify the amount of preparation and mental energy that goes into just one hour of teaching music. All of the prep mixed in with sweet, joyful moments from students, and blissful musical moments, and it all becomes bittersweet. I’m betting you can relate. In fact, most of the music teachers I’ve met can be described as:

  • generous
  • creative
  • resourceful
  • overworked
  • stressed

Most music teachers I know are expected to do the job of two or more, and working to the point of burn-out is easy to do in a society that glorifies it.

The start of a blog

I can relate to that unique teacher stress. My first few years of teaching were a whirlwind. I’d been left with a music program that had no curriculum or long-term planning of any kind. The “provided curriculum” was literally a copy of the state standards. So I had to start from scratch. After several years of teaching experience, and after earning a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, I wanted to do more. I wanted to help teachers who found themselves in the same position I’d been in my first year of teaching.

Mostly, I wanted other music teachers to know that they weren’t alone. I could help.

So, I quit teaching and started my own business to do just that. Owning and operating a small business is the perfect fit for my introverted personality. I get to chat with music teachers all over the world, share my resources, and research music education topics from the solitude of my home office. Best of all, I get to read messages from teachers about how their students are begging to play the Musical Mansion or how my Basics Series helped bring a musical concept to life. My vocation allows me to do what you’re all doing right now, making a difference in children’s lives through music.

Meanwhile, in my personal life

When I’m not creating resources or sharing ideas, I’m spending time with my husband, Brandon. We love to travel, have deep discussions, and stream our favorite shows (or animes). Last year, we adopted a cat from the shelter, which we lovingly named Dr. Watson. You can observe all his cuteness on Instagram HERE.

Aside from singing and playing several instruments, my talents include:

  • spotting small objects on the ground
  • finding new ways to drink coffee and chai
  • knitting things halfway
  • making my cat jump for toys
  • meeting new friends over a shared love of Dr. Who, Star Trek, food, anime, and other random things I love

A LASTING CONNECTION

I’m a strong supporter of collaboration, which is why I’m a proud member of The National Association for Music EducationThe Indiana Music Education AssociationThe MusicEd Blogs Community, and The Music Crew. I’m also involved in numerous music teacher Facebook groups. So, if you ever see me around, don’t hesitate to say hello! If you want to hear more from me, be sure to sign up for my newsletter HERE.