After many years, a Richmond Hill Asian who has completed all ten levels of private music instruction finally graduates to the next stage in life. Akin to tribal rites of passage, the Asian has finally become mature, worthy of teaching piano or another classical instrument.
This job, commonly held during high school or postsecondary years, is encouraged for many reasons. It can be held in the comfort of your own home. It’s a return investment on all the private lessons your parents paid for. Moreover, teaching private classical instruments can prove even more lucrative than drug dealing. While both jobs require sharp communication skills, entrepeneurship, and occasional self-defence, you gain the advantage of actually pleasing your parents—an Asian’s #1 desire.
Thusly, parents can brag to other parents that their daughter makes $30 an hour teaching kindergarteners. Like a extra-curriculars for a Stanford applicant, experience with classical music shows that its practicioner is kind, virtuous, and hardworking. This can impress future mothers-in-law who want to ensure that their sons will marry well. What better candidate than a nice girl who nurtures children and plays the piano?
Moreover, music is a lifelong passion. This means that the joy of classical piano or violin stays with you into old age. Asians entering today’s gig economy can easily fit music instruction into their real estate/investment broker day jobs. They can also make it in the classical music world and teach celebrities like Yundi Li and Lang Lang. The joy of spreading music to the next generation is a joy that transcends money.
Music instruction often begins as family bonding. Say, for instance, that Annie has just finished her Performers ARCT at the grand age of 14. One day, she’s fiddling with her violin when her young cousin, Tommy, shows up. Tommy asks if he can touch the bow. What is this cool toy that makes sounds? All my friends play it! Annie’s teaching career is now made. After buying a roll of stickers and getting the rest of her baby cousins together, Annie’s studio is borne.
All jokes aside, I love what I do—teaching piano part-time, to students who learn for fun. I’m lucky to have held this job throughout high school and university (because I lived at home the entire time). Teaching instrumental lessons is serious work and a serious joy, so shout out to the teachers out there!