I’ve been trying to regularly update this, but of course life gets in the way of that. Things have been busy at work and I am now teaching two private piano students on Wednesday evening. I had been hoping to get some voice students, but work has been proving to be too busy. However, the money earned from teaching two students covers the cost of my personal voice lessons so it all comes out in the wash really.
I am also getting back in to the practicing routine I have taken a suggestion that Dr. Leibel made in our meeting, and started practicing two or three times a day at 15-20 minutes each time. I find this to be a lot more productive. I don’t know why it never dawned on me before! I also have acquired a roommate (my cousin) and rather than drive him insane with my practice times I decided to move my piano in to my room so I could have some privacy and he was free to do whatever he wants in the living room.
The theory and history books are also dusted off. I didn’t get to review them as thoroughly before my last entrance exams and given that I finished both of those courses in my third year (2006-2007) of my undergrad, I figured I’d get started on that. I don’t have any “courses” to study for or an internship and lesson plans to do so I have more time to devote to them this year. March comes quickly…
My lessons seem to be going well. I’m in the process of finding a new Recit/Aria for my audition so that has been a challenge thus far. I decided I wanted all new repertoire this time and it has proved to be a great decision.
Here is what I am working on…
- “Oh! Quand je dors” – Liszt
- “Sweet Chance That Led My Steps Abroad” – Michael Head
- “Der Nussbaum” – Schumann
- “Quia Respexit” – Bach
- “Caminante son tus huellas” – Raminsh
- Need an aria! Eeeeeek!
September to me is more of a time for beginnings than January. Even with January being the “New Year”, September has always been the new school year. And it’s hard to believe that seven years ago I began making my way down the long path of my music career. I remember being absolutely terrified as I began my undergrad degree at Acadia and having to leave my family, province and then-boyfriend was both equally terrifying and traumatic to me. BUT. I did it. And I am a better person because of it.
Then three falls ago in 2008, I began what would be my hardest and most challenging year of my whole entire life. Even though my music therapy internship was nothing near what I had hoped it would be, again, I am a better person because of it. Because of that horrible year, I discovered what I was truly meant to do – educate.
Two years ago I set out on yet another new path – my degree in education. This time I had nothing but excitement and wide-eyed wonder for what was ion store for me. Little did I know this would prove to be a harder two-year degree than my four-year undergrad. The twists and turns in this path had me dealing with major health issues, work drama, MEN (and all that comes with them!), and really doing some soul-searching.
This September has also brought about a new path…my final test this past Friday has led me to complete my BMusEd (finally!) and taught me that things that LOOK easy are not always as easy as they seem. Also that sometimes you really have to get “down and dirty” to accomplish what you want in life. However, I am not a quitter so although I am not always prepared for that curve ball life throws me, I can pick up the pieces and carry on. This makes me an even better person.
I have nothing but a good feeling for what’s in store for me this “new year”. Two degrees behind me and pressing forward to get that third one under my belt. Looking and chasing after love. Living and learning life’s many lessons. Keeping my eye on the prize and daring to dream the impossible.
So here I am. It’s September again. The road is ahead of me. It’s crisp. It’s clean. I’m ready for all of those twists and turns. Ready and waiting…
“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”
Booker T. Washington