I’m a musician. I have been for twenty-three years. I have a music teaching degree and I’m a certified music teacher, son. Certified. So music is pretty huge in my life.
Prior to having kids I was looking forward to earning a Master’s degree and continuing to teach in the public schools. I was disgruntled with the system right from the start, but hell, what else was I going to do? All that money spent on a degree from a private college needed to be put to good use. So I did the only thing I thought I could do: suck it up and pursue a teaching career.
Flash forward to now: I have a family to help support and music teachers are having a hard time keeping jobs in districts. The arts are the first thing to be cut and once that happens, finding a new job in a better district is tough. You’re up against hundreds of other qualified applicants, so you’re lucky if you’re even called. I’ve been laid off three times from the same district. The last time made it final. Public school teaching may not be for me. So what am I doing now?
See that button on the side of this blog? That is what I’m doing. I’m doing me. I love to teach. I love kids. I love music. I can’t not teach. But I need to do it on my terms. Look, times are tough. I’ve got nothing to lose here. Starting a studio isn’t hard and even though I specialize in double bass (yep, that thing that looks like a fat cello that Esperanza Spalding plays), I may be able to love on my kids while they grow up and still teach. How cool would that be?
So I’m teaching lessons at a local music school, starting my own studio on the opposite side of town and I’ve just completed my Suzuki book 1 training in double bass. I’m gearing up for a crazy fall, but I’m excited. It won’t be a ton of money, but it’ll help. But most importantly, this is what I need to do for me. I have to use my skills to help create a stable nest for my family. Working at a coffee shop (if you can find one of those jobs in Cleveland) isn’t going to cut it.
Please wish me luck! I need all the prayers and blessings I can get.
Thanks for reading,