Thursday, June 16, 2011

A Birthday Baby Grand

     Sunday, June 12th, I turned 29. Yikes- this is my last year in my twenties! My husband got me this adorable little baby grand clock to go with my small but growing collection of baby grand figurines. (At least I think it was a birthday gift- maybe he thinks my lessons go too long...hehe).
     At any rate, it's beautiful and was a good reminder to me that 'now' is always the time to learn more and improve music skills. It can be overwhelming at times to be a wife, a mother, a teacher, and a student all at the same time.  I mean, I always say that "a good teacher never stops learning." So there's the pressure there to keep improving my skills....

    ....And if any occupation seems the easiest to drop out of, it's the 'student' part. I know that little by little, dreams are realized, and every time I declare my theory homework to be too much to do with everything else I have on my list, my husband reminds me why I'm doing it and won't let me quit.

     Did I mention how much I really love theory? Deep down I don't want to quit- somehow I feel that if I did, I wouldn't ever start again, and the Teacher's ARCT would never be mine.  I need to re-inspire myself with the same passion I try to inspire my students with- NOW is the time!


Laura Lowe said...

Happy birthday! I've looked at the requirements for that Teacher's ARCT. Very demanding. Good luck!

Leah said...

Yes, there are a lot of requirements...which is why periodically I think "There is no way I can do this" but I just try to rally and get going again. I wish I had done it in college when I didn't have a family yet, but RCM has only begun to be widely used in the States in the last 5 years or so, which is when we moved to Canada. ;)
I am doing each exam separately, which will take me longer, but that way I can focus on each section- it works better with this stage of my life.

Sarah said...

Happy (belated) birthday. :)

I also really admire you for pursuing your ARCT and making continued learning such a priority- quite an inspiration for me, and I'm sure for all your students as well!

Leah said...

Thanks, Sarah. I'm hoping to take my first exam this fall. I have an awesome theory tutor, which makes the lessons's the homework that bogs me down. But it's oh, so rewarding to finish it! :)