Vivian Greene once said that ‘Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.’
O.K., so I’m healthy, my loved ones are healthy, we have food, drink and a house and garden to enjoy and give each other space in. I’m not going to succumb to melodrama and suggest that I’m living through a storm. Nevertheless, I feel as though I was allowed to learn how to dance in the rain (or should that be drizzle… ?), so I wanted to share a few words of gratitude.
I’m a local music and drum teacher and have the pleasure of teaching a generous number of fellow drummers one to one in my home studio in Croft Road, central Godalming. A month ago, for obvious reasons, one to one nearly became none to none. But thanks to running a small and therefore agile business, modern day technology and – most of all – the loyalty and trust of my drummers and their families, I was able to move my lessons and almost all of my students online and haven’t missed a day of teaching.
Not only was I allowed to adjust and to keep going… what could have been a cloud, has since even shown a few little silver linings:
– Normally I would teach term time only, but now – especially in the light of the temporary closure of schools and clubs – most of my clients were keen to maintain routine where possible and I’ve just had the opportunity of teaching all throughout the Easter holidays.
– Teaching online has also allowed me to see my student’s drum set up in their homes. This is great, as it gives me the opportunity to help them optimise their set up where relevant.
– My catchment area has widened and online lessons allow me to connect with students far beyond Godalming.
That said, I am of course very much looking forward to being able to welcome my drummers back into my studio. But in the meantime I enjoy teaching online and – as always – feel very privileged to be able to do what I do.
To celebrate my good fortune and in recognition of those less fortunate than myself, I have pledged to donate 10% of my income from drum lessons this term to charity.
Scientists claim that the side effects of music – and in particular drumming – include stress relief, support for the immune system and increased grey matter. I’d like to humbly add ‘fun’and ‘feeling
like a rock star’to their findings.
If you fancy a life a little happier and healthier, I’d be delighted to offer readers of this article a free 30 min. trial lesson subject to availability. Just give me, Dom, a shout on 07767-422485 or drop me a line on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Go on, you know you want to!