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The commencement was blissfully short, and the speaker (Gwen Ifill) was spectacular. I really enjoyed her speech tremendously, far more than I enjoyed our student speaker. My brother asked me what I thought of our student speaker, and I think my answer was, "It takes a certain type of personality to deliver a speech like that." To quote her worst line, when speaking about learning from mistakes, she said, "It's more fun to learn from the mistakes of others," followed by a smirk. I was trying my best to give her the benefit of the doubt, but when that flew out of her mouth I said Forget It.

Last week I met with a local Music Together director, Laura, and she expressed interest in hiring me, if I were interested (I think mostly because I've already been trained as a Music Together teacher, which means that I would be saving her about 500 bucks). We spoke briefly, and as it turned out, I would need a car in order to work for her. Teaching Music Together involves transportation of equipment, and my bike just doesn't cut it. So I had to write her a "thank you for meeting with me" e-mail and pass on this opportunity, 'cause a car just isn't in the budget right now.

I taught my first class ever last night, a small class. Seven registered, four no-shows, and one walk-in. It went pretty well, and I have a whole week to prep for next class, which is nice. There were definitely things I wasn't expecting to have to deal with, but mostly it was pretty breezy. I was really nervous about not knowing all the details in order to teach the class well, but it's true what they say - the expert in the room is whoever knows the most about a certain topic, and that person was unquestionably me. I will need to spend more time prepping for the next class period, no doubt, and try to budget my time more wisely so my students don’t become restless. I must say, not really enjoying classroom teaching, thus far.

For Suzuki piano, I wrote to a Suzuki piano teaching guru last night. I am networked to her by one of my professors at Emerson, and am extremely lucky to have her as a mentor in setting up my studio. She wrote a long, detailed e-mail and thoroughly explained many things and gave excellent advice. Now I'll have to take her advice and make something happen -- it would be terrible of me if I let her down. It takes all kinds of things to motivate people, and me, I can't bear to disappoint those that are supportive of my endeavors.

So things are still happening, and still very slowly, but I have short legs and I don’t do giant leaps.
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