Did you ever have the feeling that even though you are achieving your goals, perhaps you have gone further than you should have? That at some moment in the very near future you are going to be found out? That the “fraud police” would come knocking and expose you for the phony that you are?
As a music teacher, did you ever feel that you weren’t qualified for the student in front of you? Maybe you didn’t quite know where to take them next and you would be found out?
“I almost never listen to music for my own enjoyment…”
This is a quote from a music teacher posting in a forum for music teachers. There was a consensus among the hundreds of posters that they were just too burnt out from playing, singing and teaching all day, more music was just too much after a long day.
This is one of the saddest things I’ve heard. To me, music is life, spirit and emotion – all one and the same. When the very people who are passing on this gift are burnt out and cannot even enjoy it, it is a problem. But I think it may be solvable.
Music is unlike other jobs like, accounting or working on a factory line.