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#919636 - 02/05/08 01:14 AM Re: What is your job?
Larisa Offline
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Registered: 02/03/08
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Loc: Philadelphia
Law student. 1.5 more years, and I'll be a lawyer.

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#919637 - 02/06/08 11:23 PM Re: What is your job?
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Registered: 11/16/05
Posts: 205
Loc: Lightning Ridge, Australia
I have upgraded my job status (but don't get paid more!) I am now officially "Computer Co-ordinator" meaning I get more whining and complaints WOOO!!!
"Work hard and strive to reach the power of bland"

#919638 - 02/13/08 03:36 PM Re: What is your job?
Ovaltine Offline
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Registered: 12/31/07
Posts: 102
Loc: California
Computer Programmer. For the past 3 years, I've worked from home, high intensity concentration for a couple of hours at a time, punctuated by half-hour breaks on the piano. Works out nicely.
Estonia L190 #6826

#919639 - 02/14/08 11:51 PM Re: What is your job?
Mike Gabbert Offline
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Registered: 04/18/07
Posts: 26
Loc: Raleigh, NC
I'm a process technician in a wafer fab. 15 years in the semiconductor manufacturing industry. I help make the computer chips that make all your favorite toys go!

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High Gloss Mahogany

#919640 - 02/16/08 11:27 PM Re: What is your job?
jim001 Offline
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Registered: 02/07/08
Posts: 3
Loc: Northwest indiana
I work as a millwright for a steelmill.

#919641 - 02/17/08 09:13 AM Re: What is your job?
billb Offline
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Registered: 12/13/07
Posts: 42
Loc: NH
Physician and medical director for an occupational medicine clinic. Also started and ran, with my wife doing all the hard stuff, a heating oil company now sold thank god. Also do medical consulting for several organizations. And really want to be a piano player when I grow up!

#919642 - 02/20/08 01:09 PM Re: What is your job?
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Registered: 09/03/06
Posts: 506
Loc: USA
I am a full-time student attending classes and doing homework. =D
"Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable." -Leonard Bernstein

#919643 - 03/01/08 12:08 AM Re: What is your job?
Jed T. Offline
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Registered: 02/28/08
Posts: 8
Before i am an employee from different IT companies, I Job hop a lot. Now I am a freelance computer programmer.

#919644 - 03/15/08 02:46 PM Re: What is your job?
analogdino Offline
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Registered: 02/09/08
Posts: 62
Loc: Thornhill, Ontario, Canada
Retired Engineer... returning piano student. Brain not connected to fingers as well as it was when I was 12 years old!
An engineer(EE) from Thornhill, near Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
General Music PRO1 stage-piano plus very good audio system.
"Repair, refurbish, rebuild, reuse, re-engineer, recycle..." Keep the old 'uns playing! Applies to pianos as well as vintage radios (my other hobby!)

#919645 - 04/12/08 08:57 PM Re: What is your job?
Abi Offline
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Registered: 03/17/08
Posts: 22
Loc: Indiana
I'm still in high school and I've never had a job. More time for practicing piano!! Except when I'm working on math homework
Currently working on:
Chopin's Etude 10-12
Beethoven's Sonate Pathetique
Khachaturian's Toccata

#919646 - 04/12/08 09:17 PM Re: What is your job?
U S A P T Offline
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Registered: 10/20/06
Posts: 1645
Loc: An Indiana University
I am a full-time music student. A little late in life but oh well.
Full-Time Music/Entrepreneurship Major: (Why not compose music AND businesses?)
Former Piano Industry Professional
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#919647 - 04/14/08 08:10 AM Re: What is your job?
Kunia5 Offline
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Registered: 03/09/08
Posts: 13
Loc: Honolulu
I am a translator of several middle eastern languages. I was not really that good at languages when I started. It was simply a matter of brute force practice and hard work. And enduring, and putting aside, the ad hominen criticism by well-meaning, but ultimately counter-productive instructors.

I see many parallels between language learning and piano learning. Both require long periods of seeming non-progress in the beginning, before any real progress can be noted. This results in many dropouts, or students who are very well versed in the grammar, but can't put together a basic sentence.

Having had language instructors of all pedagogical stripes I can say that I avoid the zero-tolerance, restrictive ones, if at all possible. Now, as a sometimes teacher of language myself, my philosophy with my students is to let them speak, even though they may be making obvious mistakes. Fluency emanates from practice of the basics. Honing the finer aspects of pronounciation, conjugation can come later.

In grad school, I had instructors who would correct you as you uttered your first syllable. We ended with a group of students afraid to open their mouths.

As a language teacher, my philosophy was to praise any progress that I saw and explain mistakes, rather than make bald-face, sarcastic remarkes at the expense of the student. This, I believe, is a positive approach; that I think is more modern and up-to-date with current pedagogical approaches.
"A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the word you first thought of."
--Burt Bacharach

#919648 - 04/14/08 08:27 AM Re: What is your job?
keystring Offline
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Loc: Canada
Ah Kunia, so there are two of us. I am a certified translator of two language combinations and I also train others in preparation for the exam that leads to certification so that they can meet standards and ethics. There do seem to be a lot of similarities between language and music, and it seems musicians are often linguistically inclined and vice versa. Do you find that sight reading has some similarity to translation, where one set of words flow to your eyes, and another set of words flow from your keyboard?

I only teach language one on one. I guide my students to get the cadences and flow of language, to learn to truly hear themselves and the sounds, and both these things help lead to a native-like accent. I have borrowed that and other principles from music learning. Some of the ways I approach learning music are similar to how I approach learning my next language. Consecutive interpretation assignments feel like performances (I interpret rarely) and I get more butterflies before interpreting than before performing, since the speaker's words and dialect may be unfamiliar. My nightmare is stopping mid-sentence and not knowing the needed word. When you perform you can always improvise yourself out of a situation, but you might stumble in a similar way. In both, you have learned theoretical material which you practice, but then in real life in front of other people you must be able to use those skills fluently.

#919649 - 04/17/08 07:58 PM Re: What is your job?
P I A N O piano Offline
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Registered: 12/30/07
Posts: 453
Loc: San Francisco Bay Area
I'm a special ed teacher!

#919650 - 04/23/08 04:33 PM Re: What is your job?
Buckeye ATC Offline
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Registered: 04/23/08
Posts: 38
Loc: Brunswick, OH
Enroute air traffic controller at Cleveland Air Route Traffic Control Center in Oberlin, OH. 4th busiest facility in the world, I believe.

#919651 - 05/21/08 03:50 PM Re: What is your job?
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Registered: 04/19/05
Posts: 1562
Loc: Encino, California
I am a corporate Executive Butler, probably the only one here. I am also a translator, but determined not to accept the lousy wages translators are paid these days, I have made many enemies among potential employers with my relentless critisism of the above problem. And when I get work for proofreading, it shockingly reveals what kind of translators who are willing to put up with that kind of puny remuneration!
But, as with everything else: You get what you pay for. (Or don't pay for.)
Some men are music lovers. Others make love without it.

#919652 - 05/21/08 04:23 PM Re: What is your job?
playerpiano Offline
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Registered: 03/19/08
Posts: 83
Loc: New Jersey
I am a full time student, majoring in literacy and social work. It doesn't leave me too much time for the piano:(

#919653 - 05/21/08 04:29 PM Re: What is your job?
keystring Offline
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Loc: Canada
ChatNoir, if you are qualified you can freelance and set your own rates as a translator. Even when working with agencies this is so - though some agencies don't know the difference between an employee and a subcontractor and will not get professionals to work with them. Butlering sounds so much more interesting, though.

#919654 - 05/21/08 05:45 PM Re: What is your job?
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Registered: 04/19/05
Posts: 1562
Loc: Encino, California
Originally posted by keystring:
ChatNoir, if you are qualified you can freelance and set your own rates as a translator. Even when working with agencies this is so - though some agencies don't know the difference between an employee and a subcontractor and will not get professionals to work with them. Butlering sounds so much more interesting, though. [/b]
Yes, I do only freelance, but it is still meager times out there. Luckily my "real" job pays more than enough to cover my expenses, so I can afford to yell at all the cheapskates. ;\)
Some men are music lovers. Others make love without it.

#919655 - 05/22/08 11:21 AM Re: What is your job?
Boira Offline
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Registered: 07/09/07
Posts: 472
Loc: Barcelona
I'm a Pharmacist.
Although my specialty is Industry & Laboratory, I work as a Pharmacy Manager.

#919656 - 07/24/08 02:10 PM Re: What is your job?
Junior Member

Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 8
Loc: Des Moines IA
Business Mgr for a car dealership
Ray - digital vs acoustic, own both,"nothing like the real thing baby"

#919657 - 07/27/08 07:27 PM Re: What is your job?
Stanny Offline
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Registered: 11/08/06
Posts: 1461
Children's ministry director

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#919658 - 07/30/08 07:14 AM Re: What is your job?
MmmmBalf Offline
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Registered: 06/22/08
Posts: 64
Loc: Melbourne, Australia
I'm a cop. 20 years in the job and still loving it. It beats working for a living! \:D

Balf ♫

#919659 - 08/15/08 06:18 PM Re: What is your job?
Tweedpipe Offline
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Registered: 01/16/08
Posts: 463
I had ambitions of becoming a s*x maniac, but I failed the practical........
Currently working on:-
C Major scale (r/h only - starting with the pinkie finger)......

Dear Noah,
We could have sworn you said the ark wasn't leaving till 5.
Yours sincerely,
The Unicorns


#919660 - 08/25/08 06:41 AM Re: What is your job?
melwig Offline
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Registered: 05/18/08
Posts: 95
Loc: California
I'm an engineer. I decided to take up piano so that the left side and ride side of my brain don't become too asymetrical. Although the more I get into it, the more I realized there's a lot of complex engineering in this music theory stuff. These earthlings can be very creative.
Keep it fun, and stay motivated!

If you can achieve something without a struggle, it's not going to be satisfying.

#919661 - 08/25/08 02:35 PM Re: What is your job?
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Registered: 05/03/08
Posts: 353
Loc: Maine
Being a highschool student, i work at the local video store \:\)

#919662 - 08/25/08 02:59 PM Re: What is your job?
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Registered: 06/16/08
Posts: 144
Loc: SE Idaho
I had an internship as a programmer with IBM in San Jose during my college years. I then worked as a mortgage programmer for a bank. I was editor of a Newsletter for the Salt Lake Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. I'm also a church organist.

#919663 - 08/29/08 12:53 AM Re: What is your job?
lucie_eva Offline
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Registered: 09/18/07
Posts: 56
Loc: Longueuil
Certified translator from English to French. Specialized in contracts, securities - prospectus, annual information forms - and other exciting stuff...

#919664 - 09/18/08 11:01 PM Re: What is your job?
johndyoung Offline
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Registered: 09/15/08
Posts: 11
Loc: USA
I am a corporate pilot. I love my job and it beats working for a living.

#919665 - 09/19/08 07:57 AM Re: What is your job?
Jedi Offline
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Registered: 09/14/08
Posts: 25
Loc: Western Australia
Electrical Engineering student, I do vac work & some part-time hours for an engineering firm.

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