busking dream realised

I retired from the full-time workforce in June 2013 to pursue music and spend more time with my grandchildren.

Earlier in 2013, I had begun busking at events and markets on weekends and found children were attracted to my music. Following my retirement, a friend suggested starting up a Music Playtime group, similar to a playgroup but with a music focus for ages birth – 7 years.

Music Playtime

Whilst busking I was often asked if I taught music. Although I had music qualifications and was a classically trained singer,  I had never formally taught before. I began to think I would like to and started teaching singing and beginners guitar in July 2013 and soon had a large complement of regular students. I was running Music Playtime groups three days a week and busking at markets on weekends with my usual folk-style music and Music Playtime. I found myself busier than I was when I was working full-time and working seven days a week.

music playtime kids

Music Playtime – teaching children all about music, rhythm, dance and percussion! What fun!

Through all these experiences I discovered I enjoy teaching, particularly the younger children. It was then I decided to study early childhood education and in March 2014, I enrolled in the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) as a mature aged student and here I am in my first year of University!

Im accepted!

This blog reflects my learning experiences that form part of the Unit EDC 101 – Living and Learning in the Digital World. In the words of the famous Buzz Lightyear “TO INFINITY AND BEYOND!”  This short clip encapsulates my journey so far: a leap of faith, ups and downs, a rollercoaster ride, but I am still managing to land on my feet at the end of each Study Period!

Thank you for coming along with me and my exciting teaching and music journey….. ENJOY!

Bliss Markets


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