How I Can Handle My Orchestra Better Than Other Instructors

Orchestra-Maze2I am not someone who will brag about the achievements that I’ve had, and I cannot consider myself as the best in the music industry. I just love how my members work and treat each other, which I think is because of how I built the community that we have. This is also the reason why other instructors envy the bond that we have in our orchestra.

I am the type of instructor who will get deep into what you are, as a person, not as a musician. That’s the reason why I often talk to members like friends catching up with one another. The problem is that the number of our members grew to a point where I’m already challenged with how I can deal with them at the same time.

In fact, other members are joking that I should get a database management program such as CRM Systeem to help me keep track of everything that I know about them. To tell you the truth, it is not an easy task to be part of 40 lives on a daily basis. Imagine getting to know 40 different people from all age bracket and all walks of life, just to find out how they can fit into the existing community.

When I meet with other orchestra instructors and tell them about how I handle our group, most of them would be in complete awe. What scares me is that there are younger instructors who think that an orchestra is nothing more than a group of people who are passionate with music. This is not what I think it should be, because I won’t be staying here for more than a decade if everything in an orchestra is about music.

I know that most of our members entered our group to express their love for music, but they started to love other members to the point where they meet with each other without even talking about music. For me, this is the perfect community that every instructor should strive to have.

Although I cannot consider my group as the best when it comes to playing music, I can confidently claim that we are the best when it comes welcoming other people and treating them as part of our family. This is the reason why I enjoyed working with them, and this is what kept me working for extended hours just to give our group something better.

Powerful Interests Are Contagious

poI’ve been working as an orchestra instructor for over 10 years and I’ve met a lot of people with different interests and background. The only thing that we all have in common is our love for music. Other than that, we are different people with different interests in life. However, there are some people whose interests are powerful enough to make anyone be interested with it as well.

We have an orchestra member whom I’ll never forget, because of her obsession with pets. Most of us have our own pets and we treat them as family members. She, on the other hand, treats her pet with great enthusiasm that she can talk about it for days. As a matter of fact, she is the one that our members talk to, whenever they need some advice with their pets.

What’s funny is that there are times when the question is answerable by yes or no, but it’ll take her half an hour or more to explain things and tell her experiences about it. When I asked her about what she thinks is the best pet insurance for dogs, she answered GoPetPlan immediately, then followed by an hour of personal stories and first-hand experiences with it.

The truth is that I already have a choice before I asked her, but I wanted to be sure. As it turns out, we have the same preference when it comes to pet insurances. I know that she’s not the best person to talk to when it comes to pet’s health, but her obsession with pets made her a popular advisor in our group.

If not for her long answers, everyone would’ve love her for her unique trait. She’s kind and fun to be with, but you should never expect to have anything to talk about other than pets. That’s how she is, and everyone in our group knows exactly what to expect when approaching her. This is one of  the reasons why whenever she stays in a particular group, everyone suddenly becomes a pet lover.

It’s awesome and hilarious at the same time, because she can turn anyone into someone who loves pets just by talking to them. I think she’s also the reason why I now have a pet – something that never crossed my mind a year ago. I never had a pet since I was a kid, and this is my first time to have a pet dog.

Music and Beauty Make the World Go Round

2014-12-16_1237Who can know the depths and crevices of music more than me who has been into it even before he knew it. No kidding here, I am a true admirer of the best things in life – from Nutella to my baton that waves with a swish and music starts making life more worth it. Really, there is no point in not speaking highly of great things such as nature itself that endures us and nourishes us to the point of mortality.

Music helps me breathe, stay hopeful and act passionately in all that I do. Being an orchestra instructor, after all, has taken a toll on my life experience in terms of the immense amount of time I spent on just learning the basics of conducting an orchestra. Symphonies – sad or happy, lively or dull – are deeply weaved in my fabric and this is actually what I am made of. And you just can’t win the debate on how impressively music can affect one’s mood and outlook on life. It can make you verve with energy or get depressed with dark notes.

Music makes life beautiful, and beauty is the essence of everything that we love and aspire to. Not necessarily the flawless beauty of a ramp model – I am referring to beauty as an abstract emotion that you can relate to anything, even something that others find ugly. It’s a matter of perspective, and mind you, music also takes a lot of perspective and judgmental processing.

But yes, looking good (if not necessarily beautiful) is a fact of life. I feel for it especially because I have hit my 40s and understand the pain that comes with a pot belly and uncontrollable body expansion. There was a time I was genuinely worried about my climbing weight despite the fact that I am no food freak and never had any genetic predisposition to overeating or obesity. But then, I realized that my sedentary lifestyle is the real culprit.

I was devastated thinking that how can someone who produces music and beauty can actually surrender to an unshapely body? But thank heavens, I managed my fear and chubby body with a diet supplement known as Unique Hoodia and some real will and determination. Now I do not look as bad for a middle aged guy who inhales creativity, exhales music and imagines this world as a pure metaphor of beauty.



Using Other People’s Experience to Help Another

13827930As an orchestra instructor, I usually bond with my members and get to know more about them. This is one of the things that I love about being their instructor. Not only do I get to make different people work as one in an orchestra, but also be part of their circle of friends. Unfortunately, being a member of their circle of friends made me feel obliged to listen to their stories, even though the topic does not concern me.

One of the most topics that men, in their 30s and 40s, love to discuss are tips on how to get rid of man boobs. Most of them are talking about a product called Gynectrol, which I think is one of the best products for it. It was never my intention to use the product that my friends are talking about, and this topic is something that I cannot find interesting.

I get to listen to how orchestra members talk about it on a daily basis, but it never grabbed my attention. It was until a younger member in his 20s asked for my recommendation about dealing with the same condition. I don’t really want to recommend that product to him, because I never get the chance to try it for myself. However, the way our members talk about it made me believe that it is really effective.

Two months after that conversation, the young guy approached and thanked me for my recommendation. He said that it really helped him and is working perfectly for the results that he needs. Although I am not sure about how I should feel about it, I still think that I was able to help this guy just by listening to the stories of men my age.

This is one of the few instances where I was able to help our member just by listening to stories of others. However, when trying to tell them about what I know, I always make it a point to disclaim that it is not a first-hand experience and that I am not sure about the results that it can produce.

Being an orchestra instructor makes you closer to your members than anyone in the group. This is the reason why I get to know almost everything about them, including the things that I don’t find useful and interesting at first. I just love the fact that you’ll get to know more about these people and treat me like a member of their family.


How to Build a World-Class Orchestra

orJust like any other community wherein most members treat each other as family members, ours also have these top trending topics and products. As their instructor, I usually get to stay with them long after our practice sessions and find out about these “hot topics” that they love to talk about.

Dealing with different age groups with different interests is quite challenging for me. Unfortunately, it is something that I need to do in order to be a more effective instructor to them. Whenever you start your career as an orchestra instructor, the first thing that you need to do to be effective is to get closer to each member. This will make it easier for you to have them work together, which is the number one secret in having a world-class orchestra.

I must admit, some of the topics that our members are talking about were of no use or does not concern me. One in particular is a diet supplement called Capsiplex, which happens to be one of the most talked about products for women. They are talking about it so much that younger male members got curious to search for it and actually buy a bottle or two.

This is one of the best examples that I can give to show you how challenging this career could be. As an instructor, you won’t have a choice but to be part of the lives of your members. This is my number one secret in keeping our members happy working with each other. A lot of people find it hard to make their members work as one, but the secret lies within the instructor.

I am the common denominator between each of the members and responsible with how these people react to each other. This is the reason why I always make it a point to be closer to each member and have them welcomed as part of the family. Each of them share things that they would never share to a friend, but would openly talk about it in our studio.

If you are aspiring to become a great maestro, the first thing that you need to become is a great friend to your members. I cannot consider myself as the best instructor today, but as least, I am very much satisfied with how our members see me as one of their trusted friends. In turn, they also trust each other and be an effective team that works as one on stage.


Orchesra – A Community for People with Passion for Music

orOne of the things that I love about being an orchestra instructor is that you’ll have the chance to talk to other people during your free time. I know that this is something that you can do on other jobs, but I just love how orchestra members talk to each other – it’s like each of us is a part of a huge family.

You’ll notice the changes in member’s appearances and moods, talk about anything, and learn a couple of things about them. For example, there’s a member who’s talking about how great a diet supplement called Proactol Plus is. I’m not really a fan of diet products, but the way she talked about it made it obvious that she’s getting her expected results.

We even have a handicapped member who kept on throwing jokes about his condition, which usually made everyone in the orchestra laugh. What’s amazing with our community is that our younger members treat older members as friends who can give them advices and help them do better with their lives outside the orchestra.

Building a community composed of people who have the same level of passion for music is very rewarding for me. I’ve spent years helping a lot of people be better with the instruments that they use, and I’ve learned a lot about different people. This is something that, I believe, no other career could offer me, and is one of the reasons why I really love being an orchestra instructor.

If you think that we are only good for creating music, you are gravely mistaken. Lately, our group conducted a charity work for kids, and most of our members consider it as one of their most memorable experiences. Although it may not be life-changing for the kids that we helped, making them feel better even for a day is something that only a community like ours can provide.

I created this post not to brag about our group or to promote it to others, but to talk about how grateful I am to meet great people and have them perform as one in an orchestra. I’ve been an instructor for 12 years now, and I always make it a point to welcome every member of the orchestra as a part of our family.

I am pretty sure that there are other orchestras who have this community, but ours is where I exactly belong. It’s like a huge puzzle that a missing piece could ruin everything.


Music Schools – The Only Place Where Orchestra Members Are Born

2014-12-09_1326Having the chance to see their kids in an orchestra and perform for other people is a dream for a lot of parents. This is one of the reasons why music schools became a top choice for summer classes, and has shown a drastic increase with the number of kids who are taking summer classes for youth orchestra.

Although it will never be a guarantee that they’ll be able to fulfill their dreams, parents still enroll their kids for a number of reasons. Aside from having the chance to play for an orchestra, personality development is also a great benefit for kids with experience in music schools.

When you enroll your kids to a school, they will be trained for months to hone their musicality and choose their instrument that they want to play. This will give them the chance to perform in front of a lot of people, alone, which boosts their self-esteem. There are some parents who are enrolling their kids to music schools not to be professional musicians, but to help their kids build better confidence.

The process of learning to playing for an orchestra may take some time, depending on how fast your child learns how to play. Different orchestras have different age limit, and although there are some that accept very young members, most will only accept a child who is at least 11 years of age. Nonetheless, it is very advisable for any parent to have their kids enrolled as soon as possible.

When looking for a musical teacher, the first thing that you need to look for is their experience when it comes to teaching kids same as your child’s age. Different maestros have different levels of experiences when it comes to teaching, and the learning process of your child will depend on how the maestro handles the lessons.

The price that you have to pay for music schools will depend on the number of lessons that they have to take. Some will take months or even years to complete the process, so you should be financially prepared for it. However, there are some, like the one I teach, that accepts kids for free, but they have to pass a number of tests and prove their talent with music.

The reason why it is very advisable for parents to enroll their child to a music school at a young age is because this will increase their chances of performing for other people. Although a lot of students don’t actually end up in an orchestra, it is still a helpful experience for the kids, especially if they decided to pursue their musical career in the future.