Over the years, despite the name of my blog, piano teaching was rarely the focus of my postings. It was, however, my main source of income, and my daily reminder to enjoy music. That being said, I'm not sure I've really left piano teaching behind for good. I have a feeling I will pick it up again someday, even if it's on the side, or just with my own children. Over the past week, I've been busy getting ready for school, but I wanted to take a moment out of all the confusion to reflect on my old profession.
Even though I taught my last lesson in June, and some of this information is dated, I wanted to share with my few trusty readers the speech that I gave at the end of my last piano recital, on June 18. It was the first time I actually read a speech off of a paper; usually I would think of a few things beforehand and just wing it. But I was glad that I did write it down because I did have a number of things I wanted to say, hoping it would ring true with a few little ears, and being able to read it off of a paper meant that when I got choked up a few times, I was able to keep going, instead of being overcome in the moment.
Here are Piano Teacher Wicky's last (formal) words to her students:
As you all know by now, I am going to stop teaching at the end of this month to go back to school full time in the Fall. I want you all to know how much I have enjoyed working with you, and getting to know each of you over the last six years.
Each week I have asked a lot of you guys, often asking you to play things that you thought were "too hard," but you always were able to do it! I hope you can remember this as you start lessons with your new teachers, and also when you come across things in or out of school that seem too difficult at first. I know that’s what I’ll be thinking about when I am challenged at school next year. Every time you work on something that seems hard, you’re becoming a better piano player, student, athlete, or whatever so that hard work is always worth it. All of my students have put in a lot of hard work over the years, and it definitely wasn’t unnoticed by me! I hope that you all realize how much that hard work has paid off, and please don’t forget it!
Over the years I’ve met so many people who, when they learned I was a piano teacher, told me how they wish that they had learned to play piano when they were young, or if they did have lessons, they tell me stories about their own piano teachers, and express how much they wish they had never stopped playing the piano throughout their lives. I’ve known each of you so long now that I’m sure you won’t forget me, so I hope that the memories you have of me are mostly good ones, but more than that I hope that you have learned to enjoy playing the piano and that it’s something you will continue to do, even if you don’t have a teacher reminding you to play each week.
I will see each of you for at least one more lesson, but since this is the last time that we’ll all be together, I want to wish you all healthy, happy and musical lives.
I will keep this blog as an outlet for my craft projects, etc., which (let's face it) has been the main subject of it so far anyway. I hope not too many visitors will be thrown by the title, but it's mine, so I'm keeping it. Whether or not I'm an active piano teacher, it will always have been my first job, and a great experience.