In the November/December 2012 issue of Clavier Companion, Susan Geffen wrote a very kind review of Music Matters Blog. Since the magazine recently launched a blog (if you haven’t already, you should definitely add it to your blog reading list!), they asked if I would contribute a guest post. As I pondered what to write, I was inspired to compile a list of blessings as an independent music teacher; thus was borne the post: Thirty Thanksgiving Blessings. I wish each of you a wonderful Thanksgiving, and hope that you will be blessed and encouraged by this post!
In the daily grind of teaching, planning recitals, selecting repertoire, dealing with communication, figuring out policies, and more, it’s helpful to take a step back and remember all the tremendous blessings we experience as independent music teachers. It didn’t take long to come up with a collection of thirty things I’m thankful I get to do as an independent music teacher. I hope you find renewed enthusiasm in your calling as a teacher as you read this list – and perhaps you will want to create your own, as well!