I got my start as a music teacher in December 2002, shortly after graduating college. My good friend Ian, who I was living with at the time, recommended me to the owner at Allegro Music in Fremont when an opening for a piano teacher popped up on Fridays. (Ian is an outstanding guitarist; he taught for many years at Allegro. He now lives in Oregon with his wife and their three children.)
I never had any desire to teach. I fell into this work backwards, and it took me some years to fully embrace the job. My teaching position at Allegro has been vital in this journey - a key signpost in the progression to who I am today.
At my peak, I was teaching four days a week at the store. In more recent years I have been teaching two days a week in Fremont: Mondays and Tuesdays. During the 2011-12 school year I pared my Allegro schedule down to a single day: Mondays.
Today was my final day teaching at Allegro. I have been there for nine and a half years. Through many ups and downs, living in several different cities around the bay area, trying and failing with dozens of different musical projects, getting married, buying a house, having a child. The things that have happened to me during the last decade are not insignificant!
I will now turn my full energies to building up and strengthening my home teaching studio in Castro Valley. I'll be looking forward, but with great appreciation for what has just slipped into the rearview mirror.