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#505579 - 01/14/08 12:13 PM Re: Your occupation!  
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I've always believed that if you HAVE to play music (as you would if it's your job) it would take some of the pureness away from it, so I'm not sure if it will ever be more than a hobby (although a very beautiful one).

So what about you guys?
Well, I used to think this as well. Then I went into the finance business and longed to do music. One day, I decided to teach with the encouragement of my piano and voice teachers. I made the transition over time, and I've always loved teaching. I learned my limits, however, and now I can say no to other activites if need be. (You wouldn't guess that I do say no, but I often do).

I teach privately a studio of 20 students, hoping to grow to about 25-30. I teach Kindermusik in about 5 classes per week, I teach 3 group voice classes for young singers. I do accounting for my husband's web development business about 3-4 times per week, depending on my schedule. I wouldn't mind dropping all the classes, but it's good money and it's a change. I did do a church job for 3 years, but that became too much so I quit.


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#505580 - 01/14/08 12:40 PM Re: Your occupation!  
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I'm from a town in Illinois located about halfway between Milwaukee and Chicago.
I majored in music/piano pedagogy in college and got my degree in May 2006.
For my main source of income, I work a full time office job. In addition to that, I teach Monday through Thursday evenings. I'm currently brainstorming ways to reduce my schedule so that I can do a better job of taking care of myself, my house, my cat, my puppy, my man, you get the picture. wink
My plans are similar to yours, Daffodil. I want to do this music thing for as long as I can. Hopefully I'll be exclusively teaching (and maybe performing/accompanying) before I hit 30. That would be great!

#505581 - 01/14/08 12:44 PM Re: Your occupation!  
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I forgot to mention - my main occupation would seem to be posting at PW.
I work a full time job in London's financial district (affectionately called "The City"), but I'm not adverse to sneaking a peek (and posting) at PW during the day.

Otherwise, I'm on call as a substitute organist and occasionally work with singers on operatic and/or lieder repertoire.


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#505582 - 01/14/08 03:19 PM Re: Your occupation!  
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My plans are similar to yours, Daffodil. I want to do this music thing for as long as I can. Hopefully I'll be exclusively teaching (and maybe performing/accompanying) before I hit 30. That would be great!
How true! I just turned 30 and I wish I could have a lot more private students so I can quit my day job. It does take quite a while to get a music studio established and get the kind of word-of-mouth referrals. I have 23 students currently, but I still have room for 10-15 more. I tried all kinds of advertisement methods, but there are simply too many piano teachers in my area frown


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#505583 - 01/14/08 07:05 PM Re: Your occupation!  
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I am a retired lawyer living in south-central Ontario. Two months ago I resumed taking piano lessons after a 33 year absence. I just wanted to be able to enjoy playing again. It's a bit of a struggle at times but definitely worth the effort.
Cool, I'm planning to be a lawyer! Loads of stress and pressure, though. Being in school and taking piano lessons is already busy enough. However, I would never want to quit playing piano. Would you say it's not advisable to keep such a time-consuming hobby with a full time career?

I don't know how all of you can do it.

#505584 - 01/14/08 07:14 PM Re: Your occupation!  
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Would you say it's not advisable to keep such a time-consuming hobby with a full time career?

I don't know how all of you can do it.
Depends on how addicted you are to sleep. Me, I don't watch TV for a start. I have two adults at home who do most of the laundry, food buying etc. When I want to take a break from practicing I'm either here or deep in a mystery.


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#505585 - 01/14/08 07:51 PM Re: Your occupation!  
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When I was at the height of my crazy period, I had a very stressful IT job (40+ hours per week, and had to wear a 24x7 emergency pager in rotation with my teammates).

I also had a 20 hour per week church job, which had its own stresses & responsibilities - especially during certain seasons!

Believe it or not, at this time I also worked at a movie studio from 6pm to midnight!

Oh well, I had the energy then. I also enjoyed my brief encounter with wealth. laugh

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Would you say it's not advisable to keep such a time-consuming hobby with a full time career?
If you love it enough, you'll make time. With a full time job and teaching on the side (usually ending up around 60+ hrs/week), I mostly only play on the weekends; run errands and practice.

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I'm a retired senior exec. from a Fortune 100 company turned piano dilettante. Actually, I started playing well before I retired but due to travel & work demands was very inconsistent.


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#505588 - 01/14/08 09:47 PM Re: Your occupation!  
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Full time network engineer, part-time forex trader,
leaving limited and precious time for my pursue of
music, especially piano performance!

My ultimate dream is to ditch my day job when I
can substitute the income with my forex trading
which surprisingly doesn't take up that much time
as I was led to believe in the first place ... then
I could afford more time on pursuing my loved hobby
of all time ... piano!!! 8-)

#505589 - 01/14/08 09:53 PM Re: Your occupation!  
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#505590 - 01/14/08 10:36 PM Re: Your occupation!  
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administrate my husband's remodeling business

freelance organist/pianist
accompany a very cool church ensemble choir
a couple students
3 kids.. seems like i have 10.


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#505591 - 01/14/08 11:11 PM Re: Your occupation!  
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I'm a production editor for a scholarly book publisher. I've been doing this for almost eight years now. At 50, I'm the oldest production editor in the place. It's not a goal job for most people, but I find it relatively interesting -- fitting all the different tasks together and fine-tuning other people's writing is like working on puzzles all day.

Piano was my first instrument, but I took up the cello in junior high and ended up majoring in it through to a doctorate in music. I taught and free-lanced but never had a full-time job or the equivalent. Fifteen years ago, burned out and broke, I gave it up and concentrated on earning a living. Starting about seven years ago, I slowly edged my way back into music, first trying to play the viola, then playing the cello more, and then about four years ago, taking up the piano again (hence my screen name). I'm determined never to quit again if I can help it. I'm still playing the cello, too (in fact, it's taken up more and more of time over the past year and I'm trying not to let it take over).

Husband, two cats, no kids.


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#505592 - 01/15/08 02:28 PM Re: Your occupation!  
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I am an analytical scientist working in a research company. I get to work with a particle accelerator which is actually fairly cool!
My wife and I live in The East Riding of Yorkshire, not far from York.


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Jonathan
#505593 - 01/15/08 02:41 PM Re: Your occupation!  
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Betelgeuse, baby!
I'm a poor, starving composer.

Though I've had a few successes here and there, it seems like my career has been doomed even before it has begun. frown


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#505594 - 01/15/08 02:49 PM Re: Your occupation!  
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My wife and I live in The East Riding of Yorkshire, not far from York.
Wow, one of my favourite corners of England after Great Malvern. Big news at York Minster with Philip Moore leaving...


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#505595 - 01/15/08 03:12 PM Re: Your occupation!  
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I forgot to say (in response to the OP's other question) that in my case, at least, trying to use music to earn a living took the joy out of it for me. There are some people for whom it all comes together and they are able to do what they love and get paid for it, but it doesn't always happen. I do occasionally toy with the idea of teaching again (cello or piano or both). Maybe it could be a semiretirement part-time job.


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#505596 - 01/15/08 04:03 PM Re: Your occupation!  
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Retired teacher and currently working at a local college teaching "teacher hopefulls."

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Oops, almost forgot...I returned to piano after many years of life in between...Was originally a music major in school but changed to education, as in those days, music ed teachers were a dime a dozen and no chance for a job. Taught for 34 years before retiring last year. Now studying piano again, painting, art classes and having lots of time off, except when I am working with my student teachers. Live on Long Island about 50 miles east of Manhattan in the burbs.

Best Regards,
Nick

#505598 - 01/15/08 05:47 PM Re: Your occupation!  
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I am a clinical embryologist (i.e. test tube baby doctor).
Is there any relation between your profession and your avatar? laugh laugh

My profession? I worked for 30 years in all kind of jobs in education at highschools: teacher, career counselor, manager, coordinator....and still going strong. Living near Groningen in the Netherlands (Europe)

Best regards,
Johan


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#505599 - 01/15/08 06:00 PM Re: Your occupation!  
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My paid occupation is writing books on UK tax for accountancy students taking professional exams. I'm not an accountant actually - I'm qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales and as a Chartered Tax Adviser.

I'm currently working on the ACCA range which is global (although some countries have local tax variants) so some of you might have come across my work. Look out for the names of some famous pianists in the questions!

Doesn't pay a great deal but allows me to work from home so I can do other things such as my Open University degree, organising my husband and kids (no guesses who needs the most input there!) and, of course, playing the piano.

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I teach at a community music school, direct a few middle school orchestras, and fill-in at a local church (not your average Church gig - we're doing the Haydn Te Deum for Easter this year with me playing continuo and a full professional orchestra.)

I supplement my income by composing educational piano music. I contributed to three anthologies coming out next month and I have my own collection being published soon as well. I'm also hard at work writing music for my school orchestras.


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#505601 - 01/15/08 06:34 PM Re: Your occupation!  
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I am an undergrad student, soon to become graduate student. I am a physics and Pre-Med Major, and will do medical research. I am hoping to attend Harvard, Stanford, or UPenn. I have heard back from one school of those so far, but I expect to hear back from at least one more.

I am an amateur pianist and would like to consider myself fairly well accomplished, considering that.

Daniel


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I'm a Distinguished Analyst with a global IT services firm. I spend my work life giving advice to large corporations and government agencies on how to make better decisions in their IT organization and on stage in various locations around the world speaking at conferences. My briefcase/knapsack contains my ThinkPad, Blackberry, iPod nano; Bose QC2 headphones and the scores for the Debusssy Preludes (Bk I) and Shostakovich PC 2.

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I'm a professional artist (www.peytonart.com) and a professional telemark skier nicknamed 'Biff' (www.netelemark.com). I make my money painting and lose it skiing. laugh


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My, and I thought my life was busy! It's amazing how you all manage to find time for music. I think I like sleeping too much for that wink .

#505605 - 01/16/08 01:35 AM Re: Your occupation!  
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Senior in High School.

But as a part time job I teach Taekwondo.


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#505606 - 01/16/08 04:31 PM Re: Your occupation!  
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quote:
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I am a clinical embryologist (i.e. test tube baby doctor).
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Is there any relation between your profession and your avatar?

My profession? I worked for 30 years in all kind of jobs in education at highschools: teacher, career counselor, manager, coordinator....and still going strong. Living near Groningen in the Netherlands (Europe)

Best regards,
Johan

You picked up on that! I do try not to fry any eggs, or break any yolks...


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#505607 - 01/16/08 04:39 PM Re: Your occupation!  
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I am an EIT (Engineer in training). When the state of Massachusetts deems me ready for the professional exam I will be a civil engineer (provided I pass the exam).

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Interesting thread...Myself I am an electrical engineer working in a technology company in silicon valley.
Besides IT professionals, I am a little surprised there are not more engineers or people with backgrounds in physics/math in the forum. While in grad school, I would say ~10% of the students were actually proficient with the piano or violin.

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