Do you have a part time job?

Posted by: ezpiano.org

Do you have a part time job? - 10/08/12 03:35 PM

Dear Piano Teachers...
When meeting new people, usually people ask what is your occupation, hobby etc trying to get to know each other. I encounter plenty of people asking me if I have a part time job when they know I am a piano teacher.
I wonder if you encounter the same thing as me. Is it normal to ask a piano teacher if they have part time job? I mean, we seldom ask if a dentist or a doctor has a part time job, but I got this 90% of the time, new friends asking me if I have a part time job.....
Posted by: Opus_Maximus

Re: Do you have a part time job? - 10/08/12 03:56 PM

Yes, I've been asked it, but in reverse to the way I think you are asking it.. they ask "Do you do this part time?"
Posted by: Ann in Kentucky

Re: Do you have a part time job? - 10/08/12 04:03 PM

I had someone ask me a couple of years ago whether I "work during the day". I said yes I start at 12:30 pm, but that most people want a later lesson. Afterwards I realized she wanted to know what ELSE I did for a living. No one has asked lately...since my studio has grown.

Another edit: Now that I think of it I have not met anyone the last few years except piano students, their parents and piano teachers. My lack of a social life explains why I haven't been asked about this topic lately. frown
Posted by: Minniemay

Re: Do you have a part time job? - 10/08/12 04:04 PM

And the answer is, "This IS my job. I am self-employed."
Posted by: John v.d.Brook

Re: Do you have a part time job? - 10/08/12 04:22 PM

I've heard the question asked many different ways. Perhaps the most exasperating statement is (all too common): "But what do you do for a living?"
Posted by: LadyChen

Re: Do you have a part time job? - 10/08/12 05:00 PM

I have to apologize for perpetuating this myth -- I teach part-time smile.
Posted by: AZNpiano

Re: Do you have a part time job? - 10/08/12 05:29 PM

Well, it IS tough to teach piano full time, especially right after graduating from college. For several years I did have two jobs.

Many piano teachers I know also have other jobs. I don't think there's anything wrong with that.
Posted by: ezpiano.org

Re: Do you have a part time job? - 10/08/12 05:30 PM

I teach part time too, about 20 to 30 hours per week. But teaching piano is not my part time job, and I do not have another part time job to support myself, and I do not have a spouse that support me either.
Posted by: trillingadventurer

Re: Do you have a part time job? - 10/08/12 09:20 PM

My husband and I are both full time artists but work part time.

People ask me how many students I have. I vary the answer because I can never remember.

I consider teaching piano an art form, obviously.
Posted by: Paul S.

Re: Do you have a part time job? - 10/09/12 04:03 AM

When I'm at my part time job as a librarian in a small branch library, people often ask me if I have another job ...
Posted by: Crayola

Re: Do you have a part time job? - 10/09/12 09:16 AM

When the initial question comes of "What do you do for a living?" I used to respond "teach piano", but realized that can be interpreted as showing up once in a while to teach a lesson. The level of time and commitment is unclear.
I've since described my occupation as "I run a piano-teaching business" or "I own a piano studio". It sounds so much more full-time, and takes into account that I do all the paper-work, billing, ordering, inventory, scheduling, marketing etc. etc.
The next questions usually is "how many students do you have?" And when I tell them over 30, they quickly assume that I indeed do this full time.
Posted by: John v.d.Brook

Re: Do you have a part time job? - 10/09/12 09:43 AM

While those are good answers, the questions show disrespect. Would you ask a dr or dentist how many patients they have? Ditto other professions. If you are searching for a teacher, it's another matter, but we're not discussing this, are we?
Posted by: BinghamtonPiano

Re: Do you have a part time job? - 10/09/12 10:40 AM

Originally Posted By: Crayola
When the initial question comes of "What do you do for a living?" I used to respond "teach piano", but realized that can be interpreted as showing up once in a while to teach a lesson. The level of time and commitment is unclear.
I've since described my occupation as "I run a piano-teaching business" or "I own a piano studio". It sounds so much more full-time, and takes into account that I do all the paper-work, billing, ordering, inventory, scheduling, marketing etc. etc.
The next questions usually is "how many students do you have?" And when I tell them over 30, they quickly assume that I indeed do this full time.


I, too, tell them that "I own a piano studio". I play as a professional musician on the weekends, and people sometimes assume that all I do is play in a band. I tell them that I teach full-time, in addition to the band.
Posted by: kissyana

Re: Do you have a part time job? - 10/09/12 03:59 PM

Obviously part of the time people are being direspectful (jealous?) but I don't think ALL of those who ask these questions are being intentionally disrespectful. Sometimes they really just don't know! It's like assuming that all doctors are wealthy.

Right now, I work a full time day job and I'm taking my sweet time with building up my piano studio. I do take it VERY seriously. When people ask what I do, I tell them about my day job and then state that I also have my own piano teaching business. When I only say "I teach piano" or "teaching piano" lessons minus the business vocabulary, it's often assumed that this is a cute little hobby of mine.

If I ask someone who is a musician/artist if they do their thing "full time" it's because I'm genuinely curious and would want to ask them questions about how they make it work and how they like it so I can better prepare myself for my future smile I imagine I get starry eyes because the successfully self employed are impressive to me.
Posted by: ten left thumbs

Re: Do you have a part time job? - 10/09/12 04:58 PM

My other job is as a breastfeeding counsellor. I'm totally used to people not understanding my job! wink

It has been a long road to seeing teaching piano as my main income. I am so glad I have finally arrived.
Posted by: michelleyh

Re: Do you have a part time job? - 10/10/12 12:44 AM

I got some parents who ask me about my social circle since i am always around kids and pianos. They think I should find a boyfriend and assume that I am lonely. Hahahaha

Being full time in the music line is a no fun thingy for them.. Hahahaha