My job is to give people a gift.
That gift is a series of skills.
Sometimes it is very difficult, and takes hours and hours of repetitive practise.
Sometimes it flows easily and smoothly and feels like a culmination or a great achievement.
That skill is music. Music is a place of mindfulness and safety.
That’s my job.
The skills I teach are things like:
–the skill of recognising small details in the moment they are present (aka reading music)
–the skill of taking on a difficult project, breaking it down into tiny steps, and working on step at a time until the project is finished (aka AMEB exams)
–the skill of co-ordinating different senses, like eyes, ears, mouth, fingers, arms, toes, brain, tongue, lips, etc so they work in concert and are able to produce a wonderful product (it’s not just hand-eye co-ordination, it’s hand-eye-lip etc co-ordination)
–the skill of trying and failing, and trying and failing, and trying and failing, and keeping on trying and trying until it works like it should do (fall down 7 times, stand up 8).
–the skill of trying something hard and failing, and then putting it aside for a while to manage emotions and focusing on the positive aspects so it is possible to keep on going (emotional management).
–the skill of learning how to learn. I am still learning, and I’ve been doing this for 20-odd years.
I am a music teacher of the flute and clarinet. I teach classical, a little bit of Jazz, and a little bit of improvisation and creativity. I teach a little bit of theory and a little bit of history of music. Generally I teach beginners, but I also teach intermediate students sometimes.
I started teaching in 2002, and I worked in primary schools for around 10 years.
Since then, I’ve taught privately. I teach in my home in Hornsby, online, or occasionally in student’s houses.
If you’d like to contact me, my phone number is 0424 722 727. PLEASE SMS me, as reception is bad in my house. I charge $60 per hour, or pro-rata for online lessons or lessons in my home. I charge A LOT more for lessons in your house, but I still do them sometimes.