I’ve been a chorus and band teacher for several years, and every year has been a success.
Well, except this one.
So far, this year has been a disaster, it seems like either my students are no longer trying, or whenever they do try, it just comes out awful regardless. I started wondering if I was doing anything different? As I’ve never had this problem before, but I was sticking to the same routine I’ve had for years. One day, it finally dawned on me. I was teaching my class as usual, when one of my students couldn’t even handle their instrument without shaking. It was then that I took the time to look around the room. All of my students had one thing in common, they were dressed as if it was the middle of winter. I suddenly had a theory as to why they may not want to play, so I decided to test it out. The heating unit I had in that room went out a long time ago, but the cold never really bothered me, so I didn’t really notice. However, obviously all of my students did. I called a HVAC corporation to send one of their HVAC repairman to come and fix my heater. I ended up having a completely new furnace installation, because the old one was incredibly old and outdated. I invited my class back after it was successfully installed, and I noticed a drastic change! My students were suddenly more bright and alert and willing to listen and play their instruments. I guess heating really do make music sound better.