Lifestyle

Get Yourself Motivated

I think most people think I’m ‘just’ a music teacher, I ‘just’ teach away in my house day in day out, I’ve no challenges or expectations, no aspirations or career trajectory. There are two ways to look at that. Yes, I can sit back and happily teach from my house day in day out with… Continue reading Get Yourself Motivated

Lifestyle

What I Learned from NOT travelling

I’m Irish, I’m 29 and I haven’t been to Australia. I haven’t been on a J1 to the States, I haven’t been inter-railing around Eastern Europe, and I haven’t gone Island hopping in Indonesia. Every social situation I find myself in ends up with people comparing stories from their travels and all I’ve got to… Continue reading What I Learned from NOT travelling

Lifestyle · Teaching

Finding Perfection

In recent weeks I’ve been getting my students ready for our national graduations. To non-Suzuki readers this is like Suzuki’s answer to the conventional exam system. Students record themselves playing an ‘old’ piece that is at least a book behind their current piece and is pre-assigned by our national Suzuki association, the SEII. As I… Continue reading Finding Perfection

Lifestyle

Why You Should Make A Mind Map

Creating a good Mind Map is a task well worth doing. I love to do these every couple of months for news ideas and inspiration. There’s something very therapeutic about doodling the time away on my Mind Map. This is such a simple task and you can spend as much or as little time as… Continue reading Why You Should Make A Mind Map

Lifestyle · Teaching

Patience is…

I am constantly asked where I get my patience from (usually by slightly exasperated parents). There are certain times of year where we need a little more patience than normal. Halloween, Christmas, Easter, and Summer… so basically all year round! But genuinely, the kids tend to go a little nuts when they are approaching a school… Continue reading Patience is…