It’s been a while…

…since I wrote anything for my blog but today I had a little nudge in the form of an email from a former cello pupil, Rachel Argyle, whom I haven’t seen for – I don’t know – probably – well, she took Grade 8 in 1989. I think she was 11 years old at the time, might just have been 12, and then she moved on to find another teacher, which never really worked out. Now she has children of her own nearing that age and she herself is a cardiologist. She still plays her cello though.

When I look at my list of 19 cello pupils who took Grade 8 with me, there’s such a mixture of careers – an accountant, two in the army, one singing teacher, a solicitor, one who sells guitars in London, one primary school teacher – even a rocket scientist. They all have one thing in common. They still play their cellos – maybe not often, but that love is still there.

I once wrote that one of the main talents of a good teacher was knowing when to let go – shooing them off to somebody with a fresh approach, a teacher who could take them further, or even just to taking a break from playing for a while. I have to say there is nothing more gratifying thanĀ  having one of those former pupils getting in touch again whether like Rachel, just to say hello or like Annie, who gave up aged 14 (as they do!) but contacted me a couple of years ago, now a wife and a mother in her mid thirties, wanting to come back for lessons.

Maybe I’m not as scary as I once thought!


Published in: on January 30, 2020 at 4:18 pm  Comments (1)