I enjoy working in these two worlds as long as I can learn something from each.
So far I managed to stay in a few bands and projects and at the same time have been teaching in a few schools. I try to organize my schedule well so I don't have many scheduling clashes. They happen sometimes of course but not that often.
The most important thing for me is to keep things fresh in whatever I do
so that both me or audience or my students keep the interest in music. And usually this is done by constantly refreshing the repertoire and studying music. Whenever the set list becomes stale I get nervous and need to change something.
With students or workshops it is the same.
It doesn't have to be a new song , could be a new arrangement of an old tune - or musicians can swap and jam. Every musical situation is an opportunity to learn something from the musicians around us, and especially something about ourselves as well.
Our job as teachers and performers carries a big responsibility
as we are in a way role models for future musicians so I always have that in mind. The best part is that I don't look at it as a job at all as I enjoy doing what I do and would not trade it for anything. The best feeling in the world is when a concert or a workshop goes well and when you manage to spark some interest in a student.
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