Here’s a little nugget you might not know about me – I teach the violin and the piano. Recently, I’ve decided that I want to share my experiences with you lovely beings via thenellybean; as you already know, I love writing about everything I love talking about. Music is no exception and I think this section is long overdue.
Bit of background – I went to a music specialist school on scholarship as a specialist violinist, and was classically trained there for 8 years. During my time there, I met the most incredible teacher I have ever had. I won’t name names for the sake of confidentiality – she was my violin tutor and to this date, remains one of the most influential people I have ever known.
“What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.”
– George Bernard Shaw
Why? She planted a seed in little ole me. Over the years, I learned and saw for myself the value of teaching and how pivotal a good teacher can be for any of us. I didn’t continue to pursue music professionally after I graduated but since moving to London, I have continued to dabble in freelance playing whenever I can and most of all, I pursued my love of teaching music to students of all ages. ALL ages – you’d be amazed!
This new section of thenellybean will revolve around this – I will be discussing my experiences as a music teacher, some musings-type posts, and maybe some practicalities of the trade. I’ll have some posts on tips and resources for any of you teachers out there (you don’t have to be a music teacher, I enjoy teaching algebra just as much as I do scales on the violin!) Let me know if there’s anything specific you’d like to see – I could honestly ramble about this stuff until the cows come home.
I hope you enjoy this new addition to my blog – music has always been a very personal thing for me, mostly because it’s always been such a huge part of my life and it’s often one of the first things that come out of my mouth when I introduce myself to people. I’d be lying if I told you that it didn’t feel slightly alien writing so openly about my musical experiences on the internet but nevertheless, I think it’s time I included it in my little blog. Honestly, all makeup-free photos aside – this is the most “me” you’re going to get.
Next post in this category coming up soon on “Why Do I Teach Music?”. Until then – you go girl.