i say this on 2 levels.
1. from personal contacts, way too many people in training are treating performance as the ONLY holy grail until too late and teaching as the second banana, the last resort. we have award winners dying to find performance opportunities to make a living (and not very successful), then teachers who are doing very well with job security and money (over 100k is not that difficult if managed well).
2. on a larger scale, there is a huge imbalance between the ratio of desire for performance vs teaching. this is like everyone in med school going after cardiothoracic surgery over research, everyone in law school to become personal injury lawyers over other branches,,, why is this skewedness so blant in classical music and people get away with this absurdity until way to far down the wrong road?
i think it is time for very smart and talented musicians to wise up and think about teaching, early, seriously and with respect. we need to nurture teachers early before they become disillusioned, weird mad scientists! :)
hug a young teacher today if you agree!!! :):):) (and kiss an older one)
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