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.
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.
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!
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!