I 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.