It is disheartening that our current system lacks adequate support for gifted children. These young individuals exist, albeit in small numbers, and they are in need of assistance. I wish there were better mechanisms in place to identify and nurture their talents. Everyone needs financial stability, but when exceptional teachers are willing to make sacrifices in order to support and inspire these talented children, their efforts should be applauded and encouraged.Tweet
However, Dr. Berg has been a well respected contributer here for years, and I was appalled at the disrespect he was publically shown. Maybe because he's from the same era as my dad and I wouldn't dream of talking to my retired dad publically like some of the responders did. I'm glad it was removed- for Dr. Berg's sake.
I hope he gets his studio up and running smoothly. He seems to have a lot to offer.
I was also puzzled by the other thread's commentary, although I guess I kind of understand from a unionization standpoint (I'm not making any specific claims about what existing teachers' unions do, but more about the possibility for unionization in a freelance economy).
It does appear from the rules of the site that posting ads for your services is against the rules. Thus it was going to be removed.
There were some comments directed about his rates. While I do think he could charge more if he wanted, his price would not lower the prices over all. There are already tons of inexpensive teachers. More experienced students would probably want to seek a degree. Professionals who are seeking coaching will typically not be shopping based on price. All in all I do not think his prices would prevent food being put on the table for another teacher. The food may not be there already the way the music economy is going.
I agree with the action taken. The existing rules are there for good reason, not that Dr. Berg was necessarily attempting to break rules.
I belong to a photography discussion forum, and they have similar rules. And having been a past moderator on that forum, I know full well the kind of distractions that can occur by permitting commercially inspired posts in a discussion forum.
Onward and forward.
I appreciate that many of you respect this man, and because he is an older retired, distinguished professor, he deserves our respect, nonetheless this does not give him permission to jump the queue, so to speak, at the expense of the other teachers on this website who could also advertise their services in exactly the same way. Chastising another respected teacher on this forum, who chose to stand up against this behaviour - calling her a "karen", is "completely out of line (and) appallingly rude"!
Edit: I see that the poster who referred to her as "karen" has removed it! Good!
Setting aside the pricing issue (which I can see both sides of), I honestly think maybe there's a third way to do this. The "teachers" section is pretty sparsely populated and most of the people I see on the list aren't super regular contributors, whereas frequent contributors like Mary Ellen Goree are NOT showing up on the list. It also has little info about who these folks are, whether they are taking new students, etc. It reads like an advertising page.
In my Facebook Buy-Nothing group there is a similar prohibition from advertising one's services or business, and then once a month, there's an exception to the rule and people are able to post in a thread if they are dog-walkers, babysitters, estate advisors, personal organizers, etc.
I'm wondering if something like that would work here – could regular contributors (lurkers too?) be invited to a monthly thread where they are able to announce that they have a chamber music camp with some openings, or a studio spot, or a violin or bow for sale? Then everyone understands that this is effectively an advertisement but a) it feels current and b) posters can give more specifics and maybe even answer questions.
Nate, has done a good job with setting up his profile on violinist.com. Click on contact and it links to more details.
Dr. Berg would do himself the greatest favour, if he updated his profile, provided contact information, and made helpful posts directly on this forum. People like me who didn't previously know him, will enjoy his posts and then click on the link to his profile to read more about him. And that is exactly what I did. However, I saw the details in his profile and then decided to research more about him, only to discover that he was no longer listed as a prof. Well that's weird, I thought, so I questioned him. Anyhow, the point is for you teachers: update your profile; make it clear that you're a teacher whose looking for students; contribute in the forum with helpful posts. The rest takes care of itself.
My wife is the violin teacher, and after taking an almost 3 decade break from the violin, due to an injury, followed by life reality taking over, I am very active with my practicing again, at the bridge between intermediate and advanced. She keeps on trying to get me to take on new students that approach her, and I refuse. I don't think its right for me to be teaching at this stage. However, out of curiosity, I took the intro Susuki course ( one hour left ). I'm actually tempted to take the 4 Suzuki units and then take on some of the new students that approach my wife. The two of us working together as a team might work well. However, first I have to master Mozart Concerto #5 which is well within my ability, but the last mozart concerto I looked at was #4, over 30 years ago. :)
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