Tomorrow’s Jam and My Commitment to Teaching
Like many, my productive has come to a standstill in light of recent events. As I prepare for tomorrow’s JNS jam session, however, I’m trying to use my anxiety as a catalyst for creating a better world through teaching (and performance).
In my other blog, I recently wrote about using music to a create a cooperative, not competitive society. Sure, the majority of my job involves teaching the nuts and bolts of bass and/or jazz improvisation. But I’m increasingly realizing the importance of teaching other, essential skills and values, including:
- Cooperation: The ability to work with others for mutually-beneficial solutions in spite of personal differences
- Inclusion: The ability to make musical spaces accessible and welcoming to those disadvantaged by ability, age, gender, race, sexuality, socioeconomic status, etc.
- Mindfulness: The ability to stay focused in the present and regulate emotional responses
- Tolerance: The ability to forgive and accept failings (in both ourselves and others), as well as considering and respecting differing viewpoints
In doing a lot of post-election-soul-searching, I’ve come to realize that I can’t just work to better myself and my students. Instead, I must strive to make the world a better place. I welcome any thoughts, suggestions, or questions as I embark on a quest to make more of a positive impact in my professional life.