Music Teacher Tip #53 - You Can Relate, But It's Worth It

It’s midnight and I’m still not done working. I know you can relate.

Today I’ve eaten poorly and I think I’m a little dehydrated. I know you can relate.

Tonight I feel sad that there are about 5 emails from wonderful and important people that will have to wait longer for a response than I prefer. I know you can relate.

Tonight, for the first time in months, I have vocal fatigue. I know you can relate.

But today I helped a challenged student figure out a positive way forward.

I saw the light in a student’s eyes when she was able to sightread something at a higher level than ever before.

I helped some teachers navigate a problem and come up with a solution.

I got to know some wonderful new students and their cooperating teachers.

I got the news that I get to compose a new piece in honor of the late, great John Lewis.

I got to reunite with former students who are now accomplished in their own right, serving as cooperating teachers, making the world a better place, AND I get to help them develop into even stronger leaders in music education.

Was today hard? Yes... and still going. Would I trade it for anything? No way!

Hang in there, everyone. At the end of the day, it’s all worth it.

Happy teaching!

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