Why I Teach…

If I won the lottery, I’d still be teaching

I’m grateful to make part of my living teaching interesting people who want to bring more music into their lives. What could be more fulfilling than that?

Actually, I have lots of reasons to teach music:

For You

  • Playing music relieves stress for my students, and it increases their appreciation for what they listen to.
  • I teach to save you time. A good teacher has the knowledge, resources and experience to know what’s going to help you the most, at the moment you need it. As a learner I’ve wasted a lot of my own time running down a lot of dead ends, only to back up and eventually stumble on a helpful approach or concept. You gain the benefit of this hard-earned knowledge, without having to invest your own time learning inefficiently.
  • A world of new friends and fun can open up with music. Many students find that jamming with others, (however proficiently), is fun and gives them community. (Playing with others is highly recommended).
  • It’s fun to be a musical guide! It’s a real kick to lead people to being able to play the songs they want to play and achieve what they want to with their music.
  • I teach so that someday you can teach yourself! My goal is for you to be able to figure this out on your own, and feel free to visit if you get stuck on something.

For Me

  • It’s the only job I’ve ever had that gives me chills (the good kind) several times a week.
  • I’d be doing it anyway. I love people, sharing information, music, and, it’s in my nature to teach. Knowledge serves a greater purpose when it’s shared.
  • It’s incredibly rewarding to watch people blossom musically – whether they’re private or community players.
  • Yes, I teach to make money to live and support my family. I’m lucky I can make most of my living doing something I love, helping other folks do what they grow to love even more.
  • There’s magic in music and the way it affects people. I enjoy connecting people musically to the songs they like, and witnessing the mystery of how certain songs move them.
  • Fascination: I’m fascinated by music, people and teaching.
  • Music amazes me: I love to share this with others.

For The Music

  • To create more teachers. Music survives and flourishes, and more people play when they can find good teachers. When a current or former student teaches or performs, it’s gratifying to know that they can make part of their living doing something they love to do. The music grows exponentially, in a community that grows and grows. Wonderful!
  • I teach to perpetuate the music – so the music survives. Some of the songs folks love to play today come from the 1700s and forward, especially in the celtic and classical traditions. The songs survive because there’s been a chain of people teaching it to someone, who taught to someone else, who taught it to more people, ‘til it spread to different countries and different generations, with geographic and generational variations.
  • To increase the appreciation for how the styles developed over time. When someone understands something, they appreciate it more. It’s fun to be a part of that understanding and growth. We live in a time where there is more recorded history available than any prior time. Catching glimpses of the evolution of styles and artists helps appreciate and enjoy the music even more.
  • My current place in the "musical food chain" is teaching, and performing is somewhat limited due to other responsibilities. As a teacher, one of my hopes is that my students will grow in their appreciation and support of musicians who are traveling and performing great music.

 

"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain."
—Bob Marley

       

"There is nothing better than music as a means for upliftment of the soul."
—Inayat Kahn, Indian Sufi Master

       

"To teach is also to learn."
—Japanese Proverb

       

"If you can teach, you must!"
—John Clayton, jazz musician and educator.
(Quote taken from Dale Bruning's: "Phrasing and Articulation." Other titles in his jazz series are in progress.)