After 45 years and 145,000 lessons, I have decided to close my studio for good. My last day is June 1st.
I'm finding that closing a successful studio is not so easy. There are the inevitable tears from students, disbelief, and even some anger. Some of my students have been with me for over a decade. There are a host of issues with which to deal, such as finances, health care, family support, and all that. It's going to be hard to let go and even harder to fill my time. I retired from my University position a few years ago (that was easy). This will be much harder.
It has been a great ride, though. I have several students who have become guitar teachers, a couple of professors, a few became working composers, and several music theory instructors. I even have one who became a professional conductor. I'm proud of them all. I have a superb replacement ready to go -right in my conservatory building- (Dr. Maxim Anisimov).
I've also retired from the stage. I've toured the world and have heard my music played in the greatest venues, including the Vatican, and Notre Dame -two of the greatest thrills of my career. It is time to make room for someone younger -and better looking!
I will continue to write books and compose music. I have a bunch of dusty requests for pieces that I need to write.
This isn't goodbye. I will still be the same thorn-in-the-side contrarian haunting Mr Delcamp's forum.
So, I'm going through this studio killing process. I probably could have sold my business for a few dollars but I decided that I didn't want the trouble. It's going to be hard to let go, and hard fill my time. If any of you have done this and have some advice, don't hesitate.
All the best,
Dr. Lawrence A. McDonald, D.M.A., Art Kaplan Fellow
Author of The Conservatory Tutor for Guitar
2018 Michael Thames "Ancient Dragon" Cd/Ir
2008 Michael Thames Cd/Br
Royal Conservatory Advanced Guitar and Theory Instructor