Welcome to a weekly series where we highlight the great work that RBC alumni are doing in the field of music education. Each week our guest will reveal insights such as what led them to do what they are currently doing, the projects they have been involved in since graduating, what inspires them on a daily basis, and what advice they would give to any music student considering working as a music educator in the future, whether full-time or as part of a rewarding portfolio career.
Episode 17: Kieran Lynch
Years studied 2013-2017
Course BMus (Hons)
First study Violin
I studied the violin on the BMus course from 2013 to 2017. During my time as a student, I worked part time as a violin teacher and workshop leader for The Strings Club in addition to mentoring at the Junior Conservatoire in my final year. Although these roles provided much needed income, they served, in conjunction with the Pedagogy and Further Pedagogy modules of the course, to turn my interest in teaching into a passion.
Since graduating, I have completed the Leverhulme Fellowship at Pro Corda and this is my fourth academic year as a full-time peripatetic teacher in my home city of Hull. One of the many things that I enjoy about my job with the Hull Music Service is the variety; no two lessons, schools, days or weeks are ever the same, and that isn’t taking into account all of the orchestras, ensembles, concerts, projects and more.
During my time at the Conservatoire, I always felt there was an unspoken belief among students that “those who can’t play, teach”, and I can tell you that simply isn’t true. Teaching allows you to pursue mastery both of your instrument and the art of teaching. I still have time to practise, play and perform regularly, but without doubt, the most memorable experiences of my career so far have come as result of teaching. Most influential was the process of gaining Qualified Teacher Status last May, which was academically and practically demanding yet wholly worthwhile, as the breadth and depth of personal and musical skills required in teaching became apparent.
I would strongly encourage all of you to seriously consider a career in music education; there is a unique joy to be found and relished each day, and it pays well too. What’s not to like?