The magazine Clavier Companion offers excellent resources on a variety of topics; the magazine is published every other month throughout the year. In the most recent issue, I came across an article by music teacher, musician and music blogger Wendy Stevens. Below are the opening sentences from her article:
“As I reflect on changes I would like to make in the new year (aka New years resolutions), I’d like to share something I’ve noticed about piano teachers. At the risk of ruffling a few feathers, I’m just going to say it:
Piano teachers tend to be workaholics.
Perhaps that’s too much of a generalization and perhaps I think this because I tend to be one myself. But I think it’s safe to say that anyone who works from home has a tendency to be a workaholic. It’s just difficult to separate ourselves from our work when we work from home. Take a moment to do some inventory:
- Do you frequently find yourself thinking about piano related things on the days you are not teaching?
- Do you teach more than 5 days a week?
- Do you have any large blocks of time during the week in which you are not thinking of music related matters?
- Do you have any free evenings when you can go out with friends who are not self-employed?
- Does your family complain that you work too much?”
The rest of the article suggests ways in which to curb “workaholic” behavior. These tips, in my opinion, are applicable to every profession.
To read the complete article, click here.
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