For over 40 years, my life followed the academic calendar. There were three truths that held true:
- The beginning of the year is September. School starts after Labor Day.
- The year ends with a flurry of concerts and performances in mid-June.
- Vacations must be scheduled around school holidays.
Even though I’ve been out of the classroom for a dozen years now, these things still feel true. Numbers one and two are totally out of sync with life in the south, where school ends in May and starts on August 1, but I’m not sure I’ll ever get used to that.
Since I still keep my toe in the academic waters by directing and teaching Kodály at George Mason University every July, and my piano students follow the academic calendar with July and some of August off from taking lessons with me, right now is definitely the “end of the year.”
I’ll be in my studio teaching Alexander Technique lessons (and Piano lessons) through the end of June. If you’ve been wanting to come in for a tune-up lesson, or get started with an introductory lesson to see if you’d really like to plunge in, I’d love to see you for an appointment before I take off for Virginia.
I’ll be back again teaching Alexander Technique the week of August 5, and piano lessons will resume the week of August 19.
Before I go, I want to simply say “Thank you” to all of my students, former students, colleagues and friends for your support this year. It’s been a great pleasure writing my weekly blog series, which kicked off with a bang in January with 21 weekdays of blogging. If you’ve read all of those blogs, bless you! I’ve had some wonderful folks in the studio all year long for Alexander lessons, and the joy of my week has been my Actor’s class that has been meeting on Thursday mornings. YOU are the reason I do what I do. I love practicing what I preach, but it’s so much more fun to share it with others.
After this, the blog will also be taking a summer hiatus from my writing a weekly post. I’m in need of some fresh ideas and inspiration, and I’ll bring that back in September as well. If something incredible pops up that I feel I need to share with you, I certainly will.
In the meantime, stick to principles - stay Aware in the glorious summer weather of all things in nature (including you,) be sure to Pause to notice them and release any tension you’re holding in your neck or elsewhere, and then ask yourself to Direct “forward and up!”
Wishing you a lovely summer,