I do pedagogical studies. That means they’re expecting me to be a teacher one day. Let’s not talk about that.
As many of you may have noticed, I quite much do music. The truly horrible part starts when people ask you to combine these two. Teaching and music.
Often people assume I at least have a minor in music pedagogy and a great need to spread the joy of music among children. Dear me, no. I do have a minor in arts and drama, but the idea of teaching music never even crossed my mind.
When I went to school it was the deepest low of the 90’depression. The talk was not about which kind of electric guitars they should get to the school’s music class; it was whether they could buy each pupil a pencil for the next semester.
So basically we played half-eaten claves the first six years. (The teacher was good, though).
Moving on to the next school, the equipment remained quite much the same. Just the teacher happened to be an ex-want-to-be-musician that never had an interest on teaching and had also lost his interest in music. I hope for his own sake he nowadays has got thrilled about something.
When those seven years of music education ended, I finally found it. Having found music I got to know a man who taught me how to play guitar. I also studied flamenco dance and learned the rhythms. After that I just went on doing things. Mainly things I didn’t know how to do, but because they sounded good I did my best to make my thing sound similar. I experimented.
My musical quest began when my music education stopped.
So how the hell am I supposed to teach something like that to kids? Let’s say, the exuberance of finding music? I cannot help the pupils. I can only show them a direction where to seek. And it may be the wrong direction. Pointing that direction for them, I should always remember it might be terribly wrong and total crap. And you can’t walk into a classroom declaring that.
You should never teach something you love, in a school.
If you have a strong feeling of something, who the hell do you think you are to tell people how to form their feelings?