When money is the main driver for music tuition,I’m afraid that a red mist descends on me.Today,my boss told me that at the academy where I work,they were going to increase the fees by 25% to the parents for lessons in music.
Don’t get me wrong,I know that things cost,and a school has to balance the books,but increasing the fees by that amount will ,for many parents ,make lessons untenable.As there isn’t a provision for helping those on a low income,I thought that I would suggest that I took a cut in my hourly fee to try to compensate for this.However,I was told that this wouldn’t be possible as other younger teachers wouldn’t be-able to agree to this.
My feelings on musical education is that each child who is interested should have a chance of learning.As I have often written,without the good will of so many people when I was a child,I would never have been able to make it in music.
Normally,I go off to the Pub and moan,but sometimes I feel that it’s important to communicate.If this is turning into a rant,then I am very sorry.Yes,my socialist principles are probably out of place where I am now,as many simply want to pick up a pay check and survive in the teacher profession.While it’s true that I am now 58 years of age,and my best years might be over as a teacher.However,if we forget that teaching was always viewed as a vocation,then where will we be in the future.
As a child from a family of 9 with no father,and as I often say,I was so very lucky to have devoted teachers who gave of themselves to help me .Yes,I did practice about 5 hours per day,but they also gave so much to nurture what talent I had.
As schools concentrate more on resources being ploughed the STEM subjects,I fear that humanities and arts will become Cinderella with no slippers and that would be sad.
Academies were sold by Michael Gove as the solution to every educational problem,and now as they balance their books in their educational enterprise zone,I fear greatly for my subject,and I hope for changes in the future.