...a.k.a. What do you want to do with your life?
I'm sure everyone has heard "So what do you want to do with your life?"
If you answer "I'm pursuing a music degree/career in music," some people curl up their nose and scoff right in your face.
"What can you do with that degree?" "You know you're not going to make any money, right...?" Meanwhile in your head, you're thinking and daydreaming about the limitless possibilities you know exist.
When I was in high school, a family member told me that I should pick something that would help me make a living, and they didn't mean music. I know they said it out of love, that's for sure, and at the time this person knew I was super interested in science. I was actually the kid who loved dissecting animals in Honors and AP Bio classes and nailed every practical. I still remember when my high school biology teacher told me I should be a surgeon because I had such great dexterity in my hands (#musicianwin). Most of my high school peers went on to earn science-focused/science-related degrees, and while that works for them, I picked music because I knew I'd be happy!
fast forward: Grad school is hard. I'm improving and playing at my highest level thus far, BUT each night I wonder... "What will I do next? Where will I go from here?"
Let me tell you this: I haven't the slightest clue yet, but each day I go through my professional goals in my head to remind me where I want to go.
1. I want to start a non-profit that would provide students in a low socioeconomic area private lessons. I never had lessons until 3 months before auditioning for my bachelor's... not something you really want to do. (Parents: find your kids a private music teacher that plays the same instrument as your child and do not look back!)
2. I want to teach middle school band - at least once. I seriously had an AMAZING time teaching middle school in my student teaching placement. The students were so energetic and receptive, my cooperating teacher was such a great musician and person, and it was just fun all around.
3. I want to start a private flute studio. I could start doing this right now... (COUGH) (note to self)
4. Keep playing. Obviously my performance degree is not a traditional performance degree in the fact that I just want to improve instead of winning a job with the NY Phil, but I love music and music is a gift in itself. Whether I'm playing with a community band, regional orchestra, performing solo or in a duet for nursing homes, or even doing clinics/sectionals for local school districts, I know that anyone who creates music needs to share their gift with others.
Honestly... what CAN'T musicians do with their lives? We teach, we travel, we interact with people of every age and background. The life of a musician is amazing and uninhibited. The only inhibitor is yourself.
To answer the ever-daunting questions above, I basically know what I'm going to do with my life. While I may not be executing any part of the plan - and the plan still has time to change, I'm still working on myself and my craft for the time being and when I'm ready, I'm going to create and share music with those who are willing to listen and receive.
Hey there! I'm Morgan, a flutist and educator, who is ready to help beginning and intermediate flute students of all ages CRUSH their performance anxiety and reach their musical goals!