So I've given notice at the two different music studios where I work. In one, my bosses kindly said they understood and would be sorry to see me go but would take me back any time. In the other, there was a good deal of crazy, dramatic upset, and words to the effect of "You don't care about your students...." and "You're leaving them in the middle of the term (I gave months notice for a part-time job I had no contract with)," and "I won't give you a reference". I was ready to walk out several times after hearing this. All these hilarious little people (I have over 30) have frusterated and entertained me for almost 2 years now. I've seen very tiny ones learn not to fall off the bench, others learn to have rhythmn, and others get excited about their songs. I will not miss it although I will miss them. There is a vaaaaaaast difference between being a musician and teaching music, and I learned that I prefer the "being" part. It's kind of like the difference between having a degree in literature and reading books compared to teaching someone the alphabet.
It is very sad to leave Ottawa and everything here even for just the summer, but exciting to be heading off to BC. First the luxurious Okanagan Valley, then the wild hinterlands of the Rockies in Valemount where I was born, and finally, the lovely Vancouver Island where I will be teaching and beaching with even more little people (Korean ones this time. Little people seem to be my lot in life :) I intend to climb and explore mountain peaks and go night swimming in the ocean. I have gotten a camera, so I will post lots of pictures......especially of the mountains.