hey purple ...
about the practice/work thread :
a very very good (ie world class) musician told me a while ago he never practiced for a set period of time. He always practiced to hit some goal - play a certain etude better than yesterday, learn a solo/tune, whatever.
I saw the guy recently, he just gets better and better every year ... (in his late 40's now)
So I think it's cool to take time out when you just aren't feeling like you know what should be (and want to be) working on.
pretty much what other people already said, but my 0.02 euros :-)
March 14th, 2007 6:58am
I'm feeling a bit better about that at the moment. I had a lesson (which are hard to come by) and got stuff to work on, so I'm more motivated, at least until I get through the material. I don't perform regularly so practicing for a certain amount of time is good for maintaining stamina. I'm not sure I have the stamina for a 2.5 hr concert anymore. Granted the concert coming up is only 1 hr & I'm pretty sure I can do that.
I have conflicting thoughts on performing in general. I don't like doing it regularly; I prefer teaching to performing. But in order to have a high enough profile that I continue to get students I have to either perform or have my kids perform (both seem effective). Also, as someone mentioned in the other thread, I like practicing in groups, but people won't ask me to join such groups (eg if they want a live orchestra for dance) if I am not already well known as a performer. I tend to shy away from fame in general, but self promotion is sort of necessary in music.
Of course, I have a waiting list for students, so maybe what I'm doing is ok. It's not long enough for me to quit my job, unfortunately. :)
Sorry guys, this is starting to sound like a personal diary entry, even to me. :) Writing it down is useful to sort these things out in my head though.
the great purple
March 14th, 2007 8:00am
"Of course, I have a waiting list for students, so maybe what I'm doing is ok. It's not long enough for me to quit my job, unfortunately. :) "
Unless the people on the list are paying to be there, I don't see how a longer waiting list much helps you quit your job. A waiting list is a sign of excess demand, raise the prices!
March 14th, 2007 11:01am
I've been turning people down due to lack of time. If there were enough people on the list, I could quit my job, take all those people, and still have enough steady income to live on. The list is only four or five people though, so I can't do that yet.
the great purple
March 14th, 2007 11:14am
March 14th, 2007 11:32am
> so I can't do that yet.
son of parnas
March 14th, 2007 12:47pm
Won't the demand reduce if we charge more?
March 14th, 2007 1:07pm
Yes, but those 5 kids on the waiting list aren't paying so it doesn't matter if there is 5 less of demand.
March 14th, 2007 1:40pm
I have gotten myself into the bad habit of going to people's houses for lessons. What I'd really like to do is make everybody come to me. It would save me a lot of time and I could fit a few more kids in. However I have a feeling I'll lose half my students if I try to enforce this.
the great purple
March 14th, 2007 1:52pm
You have also gotten the students into the bad habit of being lazy :-)
March 14th, 2007 2:27pm
> What I'd really like to do is make everybody come to me.
That would effectively raise the price so would be in keeping with the 'raise rates' suggestion above. Sounds like a good idea. My sister always traveled to her teacher's (and practiced at home). But it was only a 15 minute walk.
March 14th, 2007 2:32pm
You can start it with one or two students .....
March 14th, 2007 8:25pm