In music instruction we often talk about balance. Balancing our practice time, balancing our everyday lives, our other interests, even the balance point on our bow. I often wonder if balance is something that can ever be attained, or if the point of balance is to provide ourselves with an outline of what she should strive toward?
I'm thinking about it now, because for the first time in years, I feel like my ideal musical balance is being met. I am so satisfied as a teacher, I'm performing with an orchestra that I love, I play with two chamber groups, and I have enough practice time to feel like I can contribute to all of these facets of my musical life. I'm looking forward to more opportunities to share some of these things with all of you, and will keep you posted on performance dates.
However, though the musical balance is on right now, other things are feeling a bit out of whack. Time management is always such a challenge - keeping my home clean and welcoming, spending time with my friends and family, and continuing to grow the teaching business that I love so much. It's a challenge.
Will it ever be perfect? Probably not. But it's important to take a minute and recognize the good things when they are abundant, and luckily for me, that time is now, at least musically!
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