Jack, 17, is a student at Greenhead College and has spent the last week working in the Music in the Round office.
I’d just like to start this off with a note of thanks. Thanks to everyone here at Music in the Round for this week. It’s been absolutely amazing. I’ve been welcomed so readily and I am very sad that it has to end so soon.
The main thing I’ve gained this week is insight; insight into the behind-the-scenes working of a music business. I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve long been under the impression that working in music is all concerts, touring and practicing. I now see that this is not the case and for that I am eternally grateful.
Also concerning the scope of this business, I’ve seen the merits of teaching music. Until this week I had been completely set on performance, but now, not so much. Teaching now seems like an amazing alternative to 24/7 performance and it something I would very much like to participate more in going forward from now. Educating minds in the ins and outs of music appears incredibly hence rewarding I can’t wait to get involved in it. The life of a music teacher – a balance of teaching and performing – sounds like a great job to me.
So what have I experienced this week that makes this the case, I hear you wonder? The short answer to that is there is no short answer. Sorry about that. The long answer, however, is that it is a combination of things. Primarily among them is seeing the feedback from teachers and students who participated in various projects and programmes. Teaching seems like such an amazing experience for all involved, and the opportunity you are given to change someone’s life really is a privilege. In few professions can one have such a profound impact on the life of others, and combining this with music looks just fantastic.
So to reiterate what I have already said, for no purpose other than to say it again because it’s so completely true, I want to give a huge thank you to everyone at Music in the Round for such a wonderful week and for revolutionizing my view of the music business.