I am really enjoying practicing these days. Since Domaine there is a whole new level of focus in how I practice that I really like. I can get so much done in such a short space of time. Today I have done a lot of good work so far in my spare time and hope to get some more good practice time in tonight. I was kind of worried about how much I could practice with teaching and being back at school but it all seems to be working out well so far, mind you I am only 1 week in.
Being back at teaching is very exciting! I have a lot of new students this year which is keeping me on my toes. I'm teaching adults this year too which is something new for me. I was a little anxious as to what it would be like but I am really enjoying the experience and opportunity of teaching such a wide range of people and levels. I hope I live up to my students expectations this year and can have another successful year and that everyone has fun. I'm looking forward to seeing some of my students perform for the first time this year and seeing how everyone developes. It's already been a great experience to see how students from last year have improved over the summer and to see the difference in their personalities and their ability to concentrate. Should be a terrific year!
School is proving to be entertaining. My English Lit teacher I have decided, with support from fellow classmates, is insane. He's completely off the wall, very inspired and motivating! There are some things that I'm not so excited about in school this year but on a whole it looks like I'm going to have some great teachers and good classes. It's amazing what the difference a teacher can make in ploughing through textbooks and working out things.
I'm hoping to somewhere in my schedule of lessons, teaching, school and what not to find some time to compose this year. I am trying to finish off an orchestral composition and I would like to seriously try doing a string quartet or piano trio work this year. If only there were more hours in the day! It's scaring me already that we are nearly to the middle of September.
Well back to practicing!
1. Pose an ultimatum: stop doing that or go home.
2. Join him.
In order to calm a student I find being calm myself and keeping them entertained in the task at hand is the best way to keep them under control.
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