Forum Contributor 2016, Distinguished SOTW Member
When I read these threads I always see posts where people just put out a blanket statement to major in music education. Like it's the obvious choice. It kind of bothers me because I get the impression that when someone wants to go into performance there are all these questions and insights about why or why not to follow that path but suggesting that someone goes for music education gets no questions or thoughtful insights. Being a teacher is not a fall back position, it should be a passion and there is as much talent involved as performing in my opinion. When I see a great teacher connecting with their students and lifting them up to achieve and strive I think it is amazing. I think we need to stop suggesting that people that want to play should teach because it is the safe route. I've met a ton of teachers who took the safe path of teaching when their true passion was performing and a bunch of them sucked as teachers. One guy that taught me was a bit of an a** to be honest. Teach if it is a passion but if it isn't please go work at Starbuck's or something and do your gigs at night.........