I’d got some thoughts floating in my brain, so I am using this blog to put them out there.
This week, I’d had 2 people highlight to me the need to more braille music tuition. I can’t speak for Australia, but it seems lacking in other countries. The benefits of braille music are huge. I honestly couldn’t imagine learning piano music of the complexity required of the AMUSA by ear. It would take too long, and that’s just a start. Knowing things like which hand would play which voices in a fugue, and tempo markings and accents just would be really hard if you are just listening. Even vocal music while a little easier would be hard to learn just by ear. Word placement alone could be an issue, as well as just the lyrics.
So I am seriously thinking of offering braille music teaching services via skype in addition to my piano teaching, as I want to be able to help blind people make their musical lives easier.
On the subject of teaching, I’d also read by a number of people lately that they want to teach but don’t have the means to go for a music degree. While a music degree is probably the best option, it’s not the only one. I looked at some options myself because it’s not possible for me right now to sake the degree option. So I decided to take another route. I asked myself how I could get the same skills with out taking a music degree.
First I took my grade 8 piano, which gives me the technical requirements for teaching piano. I will be taking my AMUSA in the next few years, which will enable me to teach all levels, as I don’t want to limit myself to just beginners. I am currently doing a certificate Iv in training and assessment, which will give me skills on how to train and assessment people, and how to create learning programmes and session plans. Armed with all this knowledge, as well as joining the music teachers association and attending the odd workshop here and there, I can obtain my goal of teaching piano.
I’m sure there are ways to achieve musical goals with out going for a music degree. Performers could play at hotels and study with a private teacher, for example.