My take on teaching and coaching... "Above all, I hope for my students to expand their understanding of what is possible in and through music, leaving them not just excited but empowered to take their music off the beaten path."
You are about to sit down to practice your instrument. As usual, you have "should's" and "have-to's" swirling around your head. Take a second to focus on what is in front of you and try this out:
Like any service-oriented business, the classical music scene has its fair share of jargon: Community-building! Outreach! Audience-engagement! Vehicle for social change! These terms help organizations to communicate the value and vision of their work in ways that capture donors’ interest, unite key players, and deepen impact. But as I spoke those words I wondered if I understood them well enough to wield them with such conviction - especially one catch-phrase we used frequently: social change through chamber music.