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Private teacher focus: Rachel Shirley

'At university, it felt like teaching was an inferior option – something you did if you “weren’t good enough” to be a performer.' Read about ISM member Rachel Shirley in the latest Private Teacher Focus post for the ISM blog.

Is there life after music teaching?

'In 2007, I took the big decision to retire from directing a busy school music department in London at the age of 56.  After 34 years of full-time classroom teaching, it was a major wrench and took several months to adjust to the new lifestyle. How could they possibly manage without me?!  Whatever would I do with myself?'

Historical performance opportunities for musicians

The Dulwich Music Festival is a relative newcomer to the amateur festival scene that has been active in the UK and internationally since the British and International Federation of Festivals was established in 1921. Find out more in this blog for the ISM.

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