Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Why I Love Music Teachers And You Should Too

Music teachers rock.

And here's why.

They shape & mold these incredible young people, giving them the confidence & courage to peform and remain behind the shadows when they do succeed. You don't hear about the music teachers when a band wins a big contest, or signs a record deal, or plays their first big gig.  But the teacher is probably there, in the background, quietly cheering them on. 

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending & participating in BC Day, a celebration of the province of British Columbia.  There was a Garage Band LIVE contest for local indie musicians to "audition" for the soundtrack and/or compilation CD for the movie, LOCKED IN A GARAGE BAND.  We had no idea how the day would go and were a bit nervous about the whole thing, but suspected we'd have no problem getting the bands out.  27 ended up performing, and 6 were turned away due to lack of time for them to perform.  Each band or solo artist got to peform one song in front of a live audience and a panel of judges.  At the end of the day, one band won "Best Garage Band" and a prize package worth $5000.

That band was Victoria's own The Archers, a group of 5 friends who just graduated high school.  I stood near the back of the room, and when they won, I heard two women squeeling behind me.  One was their teacher, the other that teacher's sister.  And it got me thinking - how many teachers go to their student's performances in the summer? 

My younger brother studied music in the 90's, and still talks to his music teacher from high school.  That teacher guided him, and gave him the courage to perform and continue in his passion for music. 

My friend Sophia was the Emcee for the Garage Band LIVE event and she's a high school music teacher from Toronto.  She got what the day was all about, and loved seeing the bands really going for it on stage. Her students keep her updated on their progress as well.

I'm no music teacher, but I think I get it too.  It's about standing back, watching them rock out and being so very excited for their success.  I'm sure their teachers can hear the "mistakes" and know what to teach them next, but really, their love for teaching music and being there long after the school day ends is what keeps us all coming back for more.

So, thank you music teachers.  Thank you for showing up. Thank you for being there. Thank you for staying friends with the students and encouraging them. It's your dedication that keeps the music playing.

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Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians ebook
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