I recently lost a job that provided half my income. I am fortunate that I still have my other part-time jobs, but suddenly losing $15,000 in yearly income ($7500 for the last six months of 2015) is quite a shock, especially as I am the sole wage earner in my family. I also lost the space that I use to teach students.
Part of my plan for income replacement is to do a lot more teaching of music students. I do not have a "real" piano and my Clavinova has about 5 keys that stick on a regular basis, which makes it almost impossible to use. I am doing a GoFundMe to help me get a decent piano. I do not want a fixer-upper, or a free one with problems. Teaching can't really be done well on a piano that has sticking keys or other flaws.
|Image is a Yamaha P-22 for sale at a local piano dealer. The cost is $3490, plus tax. I have raised $586 so far (GoFundMe also takes about 8% so I think it's really a bit less. (Now up to $656.)|
I know that I do inspire my music students, which is one reason I am choosing to pursue more teaching at this point. I will also be looking into other options, but teaching is something I enjoy and do not have to make a huge investment in, as I already have skills and experience and a growing clientele.
Single Mom Needs Piano to Teach
A blog post that was written about this! http://auti-stim.tumblr.com/post/124039591668/single-mom-needs-piano-to-teach-by-paula-c Thank you!!!!
In other developing news, I was on the way to look at the piano today when the car broke. Luckily, I was only about 200 yards from my driveway. The van has over 400,000 miles on it. I am NOT doing a fundraiser for that. I am hoping to hear about another inexpensive car by word of mouth- Craigslist being somewhat of a mystery to me. I just HAVE to share this awesome picture of my odometer yesterday (it had 400,060 when the serpentine belt jumped the track today).
|Up to $656. Very encouraging at a time like this! Now $776!|
|Now at $826! Yay!|
|Amount is now $2040 and I wrote "What a wonderful community!!!!!"|