Laurie Bonner

Laurie Bonner

Music Teacher

Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Music Education
University of Illinois
graduate
Graduate
Music Education, Jazz Emphasis
Northwestern University
Career

Career

Music Teacher

I make music with students every day.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Music
Music
Education
Education
Teaching / Mentoring
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

There is no typical day! That's part of why I love the job- it can't be boring or routine.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

You need to have a good ear, and the ability to juggle many things. Organization is important, as are interpersonal skills and performance skills.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Music Education
graduate
Graduate
Music Education, Jazz Emphasis
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"Music is a hobby, not a career. How can you make money doing that? There are no jobs in music education, there are always funding cuts. How will you travel and explore the world with this job? You can't leave the US, that's crazy! "

I always made sure to follow my heart and keep my goals clear. When I stated a desire or goal to the universe, in writing, or out loud, the path to reach that goal would suddenly become clear and dissent would start to disappear.

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Financial

I never had a lot of money growing up- so even going to college was dependent on making sure I could get scholarships (working hard in high school) and working a few jobs while I went to school. But it was worth it. And it was doable!