I am in my senior year in undergrad. My degree is the Bachelor of Arts in Music with a concentration in violin studies. My goal is to be a violin teacher. I plan to go to graduate school to receive a master's in education (this is gradually becoming a preference for employers). I am experiencing a great amount of anxiety and fear about job prospects. I live in Augusta, Georgia, but I want to move to New York city. Throughout my time in college I have wrestled with the idea of quitting music and getting myself together and choose a more 'reasonable' path to a career. I have thought about the medical field, the business field, etc. When I hear of people who have studied medicine or business and landed good jobs, I kick myself in the teeth for not making things easier for myself by choosing a more lucrative degree instead of music. Sometimes I feel like such an idiot, but I cannot give up on my dream. The violin is my passion and I have wanted to be a violin teacher since the age of twelve. I cannot think of anything else that I would like to do besides teaching violin. My goal is also to teach violin to blind people. I want to have a comfortable life with a good career, but at the same time I don't want to be an old woman sitting back thinking about my life and regretting that I did not have the guts to go after my dream. I am single and have no children, so I am free to move anywhere and do anything I want. I am a late bloomer, thirty-four and really want to do this before it is too late. I am so afraid and confused. Does anyone have advice on how to acquire a job as a violin teacher in public or private schools and on how to build a student base for private studio teaching in a new city (or anywhere)?
More entries: November 2013
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