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I don't think I knew what anxiety meant until I was in college. The strange fluttering that I felt in my chest as a child when faced with a solo or an audition was simply stage fright, and nothing more. It was a sign of weakness to dwell on it,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2016 at The Orchestra Teacher
Whoo! It was touch and go there for a minute. Panic and fear settled in and made the last few weeks unbearable. My only saving grace was in the form of a therapist who helped me think through my fears. Once I worked it all out, it became clear that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2015 at The Orchestra Teacher
Most music teachers will tell you that finding a substitute teacher to cover a day of classes is close to impossible. For instrumental teachers, it can be quite the headache. If you have a class that can run itself, it can be moderately managed. Heaven forbid you have a young... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2015 at The Orchestra Teacher
I gave a sight reading assessment to my middle school orchestra students last week. I used a wonderful website to do it: www.sightreadingfactory. Each student was given an account and instructions about how to log in and how to practice for their level. Testing day was scheduled for Thursday last... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2015 at The Orchestra Teacher
Oh, you know you have one. That list that sits on your desk, in your car, on your phone, tablet or desktop. The list that you only remember as you try to fall asleep. That list that mocks you, magically multiplying as you tick one item off at a time.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2015 at The Orchestra Teacher
My journey to reach this point in my career is a twisty and tiresome story to tell. It's a story of earning a college degree and getting a good position out of college only to be laid off a couple years later. It's a story of exploring and finding new... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2015 at The Orchestra Teacher
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