An opportunity has presented itself. And, like most opportunities, it came unexpectedly.
I was given the opportunity to become an institute director. I find this simultaneously daunting and exciting. I'm excited for the potential. I'm excited for what types of changes a Suzuki institute could bring about to the area I live.
But saying you're excited about this type of a job is kind of like looking at Mt. Everest from the base and saying you're looking forward to reaching the top. There's a LOT of...well... stuff between you and that peak. A lot can go wrong.
As I begin the initial planning steps I realized that this is going to be a totally different kind of teaching environment that me and the other directors are going to have to learn how to provide for kids. An institute is a break from the daily music routine. It's intense, exhausting but--most importantly--fun. The very nature of an institute has the power to respark a child's musical enthusiasm. It's the jolt of energy needed when practicing flatlines.
So this is a huge responsibility, to say the least. But one that will be--I hope--worth the work.