About

maiable-musicI grew up hearing the pros and cons of teaching from my family of elementary educators.  When my teacher parents or my teacher grandmother would share a story about the personal fulfillment of working with students, someone would always respond with, “Well, there’s your pay.”

After nearly a decade of training to become a professional orchestral musician, I’m finally following the family calling as I change my focus to teaching music to five to nine year olds in a rural public school.  Every day that I spend in my classroom, I discover just how valuable this “pay” that I’ve heard so much about really is.

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5 thoughts on “About

  1. Super cool Maia! Regardless of whether your in an orchestra or a classroom I’m sure you’re doing a great job! I’ll be excited to read about what you’re up to on here. 🙂

    • Thanks so much! I’m glad to see you have a blog too! I’m looking forward to reading more about what you’ve been up to since we were in high school so long ago.

  2. I personally have found that there is a huge amount of musical satisfaction (as well as many other kinds of satisfaction) teaching and sharing music experiences with children in the 5-9 year-old age group. They are so open and so creative! I look forward to reading more about your experiences. Certainly in my country, there are way too few professionally-trained musicians opting to work in elementary school environments. The skilled players more often choose to teach in secondary schools and to simply teach their instrument. When I work with music performance students in conservatories and BMus programs, I always encourage them to get some experience in a creative primary [elementary] music classroom before opting for secondary schools and instrumental music teaching. Sometimes those experiences are life-changing!

    • Thanks so much for your feedback! The highly trained performer-teachers seem to be more attracted to teaching at more advanced levels in the United States too, but the philosophy and perspective that comes from that kind of training and experience can be so valuable in teaching primary students! I’m glad to hear that you are influencing more performance majors to explore teaching at this level. It has certainly been a life-changing experience for me!

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