MY LIFE IN THE WORKPLACE
Jon's work is Music to the ears of many
YOUR NAME AND JOB TITLE
Jon Sanders, Private Instrumental Tutor
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?
I left school at the age of 17 after being offered a full-time job following some summer work experience at a local printing firm.
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE AT SCHOOL?
Absolutely no idea!
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS/TRAINING DO YOU NEED FOR YOUR JOB?
I have qualifications from the London College of Music, but quite simply, there is no single ability more important than having great patience. The ability to pass on seemingly difficult information to students in an easily-understood way is also ultra- important - as is a sense of humour!
You also need to be continually in a cycle of self-learning to be able to keep up with new techniques and current trends in the Music Industry.
Finally, you need to absolutely love what you do and be totally committed to it every single day you do it! – I always get out of bed in the morning and think: ‘Wow, I’m so fortunate to be able to earn my living doing what I do!’
WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR JOB?
Students can come and study with me at any time of their own personal development – I have taught a huge array of Musicians, ranging from complete beginners to other Professionals (and even other Music Teachers!), so meeting and seeing players at all levels of Musicianship is always wonderful!
However, the ultra-best thing about the job is seeing all students achieving what they want to do - and the smiles on their faces when the seemingly previously unachievable becomes achievable.
As I am self-employed and run my Teaching Studio from home, it is also really nice to be able to walk less than ten metres to work!
WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT THING ABOUT IT?
The biggest problem seems to be making people realise that the job is full-time - the same as any other full-time job and is NOT just an ‘extra cash earner on the side’ (in addition to another job) – which can often be the case with some other so-called ‘Music Teachers’…
However… I could also say: ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!
I know that sounds a bit over-confident, but as long as you are continually updating your own skills, there are never any problems with dealing with and being in all Musical situations!
WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT QUALITIES YOU NEED IN YOUR ROLE?
As a multi-instrumentalist (I teach Guitar, Bass Guitar, Saxophone, Clarinet, Trumpet, Irish Whistle, Native American Flute; see www.academyofqualitymusictuition.co.uk for more details) you need to be true to yourself and make sure that all the right ways of doing things are covered, as it is so important to get all technical and physical aspects correct from ‘day one’.
Playing Music (in any form whatsoever) should be an enjoyable experience all the time, so this is something that I always endeavour to ‘ingrain’ in a student right from the start.
Students are the future of Music, which is such an important part of the role of enjoyability in society – who can deny what pleasure Music-making gives to player and listener alike?
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO GET INTO THE SAME INDUSTRY?
Ask yourself whether or not you have the total commitment to help others achieve what they want to achieve in Music – if you don’t have this, then you simply need to do something else!
Jon can be contacted for lessons on 613519