Before coming to Korea, my experience teaching was limited to being a summer camp counsellor and teaching violin and piano. I'd never taught in a classroom setting. I'd never worked with 5-year-olds. And, I definitely felt like I had no idea what I was doing as I stepped off the plane and into my first class less than 3 days later.
After two and a half months of living in Seoul, I thought I'd look over my experience so far and share what I've been up to since being here!
Written by pianist Gina Hyunmin Lee, as part of the Breaking the Silence series.
Written by Allen Chang, violinist and medical student, as part of the Breaking the Silence series.
Up this week on Breaking the Silence is horn player Julie Rochus, who is currently performing in the Orquesta Filarmónica del Desierto in Saltillo, Mexico on Second Horn. Julie reached out to me with her story after reading Stéphane Krim's post. Julie, like both Stéphane and I, is also an National Youth Orchestra of Canada alum! Today, she opens up about her experience with injuries and stress, and how this almost caused her to leave behind a career in music. Thank you, Julie, for sharing with us!
Written anonymously by a musician wishing to share their story and experience with anxiety and depression as part of the Breaking the Silence series. CW: mental illness, descriptions of self-harm, drug use. I really want to be able to lead a normal, healthy life. I don’t like living with an inner dialogue of hate and dissatisfaction. But… Continue reading Living in the In Between
Written by Blake Martin, double bassist, as part of C Natural's Breaking the Silence series. I have retinoschisis. It is a form of macular degeneration which usually goes unnoticed until one reaches their 70s or 80s. I developed symptoms when I was three months old. Symptoms included loss of depth perception, near and far sightedness, astigmatism and… Continue reading My Life Through the Looking Glass