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Fellow music teachers: Are we eccentric?


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#16 funkiepiano

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 15:35

Absolutely. 100% eccentric, I’ve been cultivating it since the age of 12 when I realised that fitting in wasn’t an option for me. Oh yes, all my favourite teachers when I was young were definitely eccentric in some way :)
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#17 Hedgehog

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 16:58

I don't think I look too eccentric, and I don't have any cats (I would do if DD wasn't asthmatic around them) - so that's a bonus point in the non-eccentric stakes :cool: . 

But I do have some mildly eccentric hobbies like sewing  :eek: (seems to be a rarity round here), going on fungus forays  :embarassed: etc, so I tend to keep quiet about those  :whistling: . 

And I do go in for a bit of acting in lessons like Jenny says. It always helps to be bright and cheerful, and then when you have to be serious it makes a big contrast  :D


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#18 mel2

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 19:17

Studied eccentricity can indeed be a bit wearing for friends after a while. I like to think that everyone is 'different' and to fit in is just to make as little fuss as possible, within reason.
Having acquired a sort of dungaree outfit I would sit out any performance requiring a 'onesie' to be worn - far too much of a faff with bathroom visits!
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#19 hammer action

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Posted 16 January 2020 - 12:41

I don't regard myself as being eccentric (yet!) but I am aware of how forgetful I'm getting and I'm sure some of my students have noticed this too.  I just put that down to being too busy and having a million things on the go at the same time, or that's how it feels anyway.  

 

I've began making these 'noises' when I get up from sitting in a chair, or pick something up from the floor.  I'll have to stop that.


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#20 Aquarelle

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Posted 16 January 2020 - 13:08

Oh dear! I'll have to really think this through!


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Posted 17 January 2020 - 09:46

I think that my students think I am a little strange for being so enthusiastic about music and getting all excited about it.  Many of them give me a sideways look when I am describing how a phrase can be shaped, or pointing out a beautiful chord progression or the way something as seemingly small as an appoggiatura makes an enormous difference to a melody. Hoping that my enthusiasm is contagious, and that my students grow to really appreciate the way music speaks, and creates feelings and atmospheres like nothing else, to create some more "strange" people in the world.

 

In all other ways I am completely conventional.

 

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#22 HelenVJ

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Posted 17 January 2020 - 10:03

While I wouldn't want to cultivate an air of eccentricity consciously, which would be an affectation and probably quite irritating, I sometimes get the impression that I don't actually need to. Eccentric? Or a charmingly quirky individual?  :rofl:  :rofl:


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#23 maggiemay

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Posted 18 January 2020 - 08:50

Maybe we just march to a different drum?

I certainly don’t consider myself bog-standard ;-) 


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Posted 18 January 2020 - 10:13

Does anyone actually consider themselves to be 'bog-standard'??


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#25 maggiemay

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Posted 18 January 2020 - 12:18

Does anyone actually consider themselves to be 'bog-standard'??

Hopefully not! 


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Posted 18 January 2020 - 12:29

I'm Bag-standard! ;)
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#27 mel2

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Posted 18 January 2020 - 12:35

Does anyone actually consider themselves to be 'bog-standard'??

I don't mind being standard - it is after all a majority position, but can manage without being likened to a bog.

My position is that some who claim to be eccentric leave unsaid the rest of the sentence....'unlike you, of course who are boring and average.'
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#28 Latin pianist

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Posted 18 January 2020 - 12:40

I think I prefer the word quirky.
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