I don’t think of myself as a music teacher, as laudable as that is. I think of myself as a coach who uses music to develop virtuoso humans. Not virtuoso musicians; virtuoso humans.
Music benefits us in many ways, including developing an appreciation for the arts, social interaction, learning to recognize beauty, and expressing our emotions and feelings. However, music is also a wonderful way to build character and develop important life skills. This includes things such as a strong work ethic, increased self confidence, and working as a team player, among many, many others.
So, why do I care about all this? Well, the pursuit of music completely changed my life.
I grew up in a single-parent household where I was pretty much on my own in many ways from the end of middle school/beginning of high school. Getting involved in music as a high school freshman made a HUGE difference in my life. I was so busy, I had no time to get into trouble. My brother and sister, on the other hand, both had a really tough time growing up, at least partially because they lived in this same household and did NOT have music to keep them as busy like I was. (This led to my #1 rule for my daughter, “you can get involved in most any activity you like, but doing nothing all day after school is not an option”.)
Also, through my music activities during high school and college, I made friendships that I have to this day, and will last my entire life. Fierce, fierce friends whom I love and who totally have my back. That alone was more than worth all of it.
And yes, I also happened to get really good at drumming in the process. But the real benefit was that I became a much, much better human through my involvement with and dedication to music.
So I don’t just teach music, I help people of all ages become better humans and realize their true potential through the process of teaching them music.