I’ve just realised my partner has written on the ‘About IzzI’ thing above. When I worked out how to change it I didn’t have the heart too because I am so flattered, I want to keep it haha. It’s so easy to find the good things you see in everyone else but when it’s about yourself… Nope. I want to describe myself as a Cellist but I just don’t quite believe it. It’s too a big a title, it describes so many people I look up too. When people say ‘…so what do you do?’ I have always said ‘oh I play the cello’ because cellist sounds important like an accomplishment whereas just playing something is implying I’m in the process of trying. It’s like when you introduce a piece you’re playing in a performance I always feel like saying ‘I’m going to try and play Bach’s…’ because as soon as you say ‘try’ you immediately make it OK to fail. That is terrible, people really shouldn’t say try. But it’s just so easy to say/think you’re going to fail because then you’re not as disappointed if you do…
That is such a bad thing to say and I would NEVER let anyone believe they were going to fail, at anything but it’s OK for me I think that. Yep, haha. That is weird.
A cellist also sounds like a performer and I’ve never had that drive to be a soloist. Can you be a (instrumental/vocal) teacher without being a performer, maybe, but would it be better if you were? How can you drive people to share their playing/music when you don’t want to yourself?
The whole performer- teacher debate is massive…
Can you be completely one without the other? Have you had teachers where you’ve thought yeah you’re more a performer. Why though? How do they show that?
Do the best performers make the best teachers? You would think logically that would be true but it definitely isn’t. Is it? Is that question more obvious for people inside or outside the music world? Surely if you see someone doing something extremely well you’d assume they could teach it.
Why can some people explain better than others, is it just down to the desire to teach? And it’s only the people that don’t want to but just end up teaching that make not as affective teachers. As all I’ve ever wanted to do is teach I find it hard to understand not wanting to share your skills to help someone else.
My words are not really justified since I am not a teacher (yet!) and only come from someone who wants to be.