The big things for teaching this week are both exciting and frustrating. First the exciting: recitals. It's so fun to tell a student we're having a performance because suddenly you can see exactly how they feel about lessons and/or their skill level. Some know exactly what they want to play and cannot wait, some do NOT care at all, and then the worst are those who are petrified and suddenly can't think of a single thing they like about music because they can't believe they have to be on stage in front of someone. It's fun. The frustrating thing?
Well, I went to take class Wednesday night and Bonnie was working out an audition routine on the class - she does that kind of thing a lot so I didn't think anything of it. I was really not in my body and not feelin' it that day so I was having a hard time nailing it, and cut out a little early from class. Then the next day, I teach at the studio from 4-7, and guess who's hanging out outside in the hallways? All the company kids and a bunch of spandex-clad-twenty-somethings prepping to go into this audition, that Bonnie's holding AT THE STUDIO, for a NUSKIN COMMERCIAL, that I was spoon fed the choreography for the night before, and where am I?? Stuck in a studio, being a really good teacher to 7 year olds. Apparently Bonnie had announced the audition in class, right after I cut out early ... BAH!!! Needless to say this experience was... really annoying, and made me question the viability of teaching as a flexible survival income. I still think it is, but I questioned it.
But on a more inspiring note, I have gigs!! October 30th, 7:00 PM in Utah Valley at my favorite- The Awful Waffle! I need to think of ways to make this halloween-ish and advertise it in a really fun way. Then November 8th in Salt Lake at Sugarhouse Coffee during the Sugarhouse Art Walk, 6:00 PM. Also, right after that set I get to split and go to the Tierney Sutton concert as a birthday gift from my parents... they are the best. Anyway keep your eyes peeled for more details on those shows but for now put em in ya calanda! It's gonna be a treat!
Also! I'm working on building my profile to this website : patreon.com. Go check it out! I need to shoot an intro video and figure out some rewards and stuff but I think it's the best idea ever... or at least one of them. ok I'm tired and I'm not gonna proofread this so don't judge, xo