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Hey hey hey!

Sooo I AM A MUSIC TEACHER! I teach the Alto Saxamaphone 😛 and the flute! I teach the ABRSM syllabus (follow this link to find out more). ABRSM (Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music is the exam board of The Royal Schools of Music (follow this link to find out more). It’s music exam season and I put a student in for an exam! It’s totally great going to the exam venues when you’re not doing the exams ! It was stressful as a child. As I was not accompanying my student I did not have to go but I wanted to be a supportive teacher so I went!

If you would like music lessons head to my other website www.ridethefaderproductions.com and drop me an email at catherine@ridethefaderproductions.com !

I’ve got to say the Enfield exam centre was the nicest exam centre I have ever been to!

They have a nice practice area!

There were really nice chairs! It was in a vicarage, I had a lovely conversation with the lady at the centre, she goes to the church that the vicarage is attached to and was delightful to talk to!

They had free syllabuses on the table and other free pamphlets that I helped myself to lol!

Again, if you would like music lessons head to my other website www.ridethefaderproductions.com and drop me an email at catherine@ridethefaderproductions.com !

Lots of love and keep calm in your exams!

Catherine x

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[Video] Music Exam Time!

Hello everybody,

I’ve put down my books for a bit to focus on my business Ride The Fader Productions www.ridethefaderproductions.com. I am a freelance musician, music teacher (alto sax, flute etc.) and worship leader and it’s exam season. I teach the ABRSM syllabus and was just focussing on my student for the past couple of weeks due to the exam, hope to see you here again soon!

 

Catherine x

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#trust #teaching #music #musiclessons #freelance #Jesus #peripatetic

Hey guys,

Here is an anecdote about how Jesus is in control, not us. As the Bible says in Proverbs 16:33 [NLT]:

“[33] We may throw the dice, but the LORD determines how they fall.”

As most of you will know, I am a self employed musician. Under that comes many things, including teaching instrumental lessons. 

Now, I recently stopped working at a music school in London and started having students exclusively at my house. Which saves me money. I decided to drop teaching the Sax and Clarinet when I left the music school and just teach the Flute privately because Catherine Waithe-Arnold could teach the Flute alllllllllllllllllll day, the Alto Sax and the Clarinet… not so much lol

Here I am thinking “this is the greatest idea eva!!!” :-P. Yeah… but what does the Bible say about this in Proverbs 14:12 [NLT]?

“[12] There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.”

Jesus had other plans! 

One day one of my students, flute no less, got lost on the way to my house… Consequently, i had some free time. Not being one to waste time I got on my phone and set about securing some more clients, which I am thankful to Jesus for helping me to do successfully.

I diversified and decided to teach a few more instruments (I teach less instruments than I play). 

The thing that made me chuckle was at the end of the evening who should call? One of my Sax students from the music school. What did they want? Music lessons… lol. 

I was never going to say no, that would be stupid and saying no to potential clients for no good reason is not how you run a business. It’s like Jesus had to take away the thing I was comfortable with to get me to do the thing He wanted me to do, which He knew would benefit me because the other clients I secured were for more money.

Conclusions: I am someone who is guilty of being comfortable, then Jesus has to take me out of my comfort zone in a radical way so I can grow. I’m always glad for it but I regret digging my heels in so often. From the story above we can see that Jesus took away what I, in my humanity, was relying on, in order for me to rely soley on Him. 

God does not like it when we rely on humans for our protection and sucre. We know this  because of scriptures like Jeremiah 17:5-8 [NLT] which says:

“[5] This is what the LORD says: “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the LORD. [6] They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, in an uninhabited salty land. [7] “But blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence. [8] They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.

We are in a relationship with Jesus and relationships require an element of trust. Don’t be afraid of changes that Jesus is trying to make in your life. Give up and give in to Jesus.

Lots of love

Catherine x

#faith #prayer #womensrights #religiousfreedom #women #safety #cabs #london #abductions

Hey Guys & Gals!

I feel really strongly about what I’m about to tell you…

So the other day I got a mini cab to take me back home from the music school I work at part time, after I was done teaching the flute, clarinet and alto saxophone (which is super rewarding by the way see this old blog post for examples of what I do).

Anyway so I got in the cab, same as usual and we started moving on my way back home, same as usual.

Then suddenly! The guy starts saying something in an overexcited and agitated way, I’m like “what?” and he pulls in and parks and starts talking. At this point I’m confused and worried, I don’t know what’s going on, I just want to go home and I wasn’t sure whether we had broken down or not. All I know is I am a single young women and my male taxi driver has decided to take it upon himself to deviate from the route he has been directed/contracted to go. I felt so incredibly vulnerable.

At first I genuinely couldn’t understand what he was saying because his accent was so heavy. Eventually he spoke a tiny bit slower and said “Just two minutes, I want two minutes to pray”. I said “I’ve got to go home”. At this point he’s still not even making any attempt to move the car an it was clear to me that I didn’t have any choice. I did not have any control of the vehicle because it was not mine, I wasn’t very agile as I had an instrument with me as well as shopping and I certainly do not have the upper body strength to even appear the least bit threatening.

I  felt so vulnerable and trapped and I thought if this guy was to just lock the door and drive off where ever with me he could, my position of client was usurped and my choice was taken away from me.

I said to the guy “are you going to take those two minutes off the bill?” and he said “yes” then I said”ok”. I would just like to point out at this point that all of this happened whilst he was parked. He didn’t ask me if we could stop he just stopped.

Now, once I had agreed to do what he wanted me to he got out of the car and got something out of the boot. I didn’t see it but I can only assume that it was a prayer mat which he proceeded to put on the side walk and pray on. He then did something with the boot again, closed it, then got back in the car and proceeded to take me home.

After I got over being scared I was soo livid. However, as a Christian, I remembered what Jesus said about forgiving people and I tried to just calm down and meet the guy where he was at and I tried to have a jovial conversation with him afterwards about diesel versus petrol.

Now, there are several things that were seriously wrong with that story. One: I have a faith too, I pray too, I do that in my own time, not when I am in the middle of a contract that is live. I talk to Jesus in my head on the go or I find a quiet time and place, when I am not needed, to go and talk to Jesus. I exercise my faith on and in my time not other peoples because I don’t think that it is always necessary or constructive to do so.

Two: Men need to be aware of how sometimes their actions can seem threatening to women. Think about it. I am a young woman, I was alone in the taxi, he just deviated from the route without asking if it was ok. He then corners me emotionally and starts half arguing with me when we had already stopped. I was physically outnumbered in terms of operating the machinery which I needed to get home, as well as being physically incapable of overpowering the man or appearing the least bit intimidating. If I was a man and not a young woman carrying shopping and a flute he would never have stopped.

Three: He broke contract by what he did, unless he broke down or there was some real issue as to why he needed to stop, he should never have stopped.

Four: I should have said no.

I’m really upset by what happened and I simply will not be ever taking that taxi company ever again. If it was a Christian taxi driver and the man drove the taxi to the side, parked and then started half arguing with his female passenger asking if he could pray for two minutes she would have called the police. Like I should have done.

In the end he took two pounds off the bill, I personally don’t think I should have had to pay for that trip at all because as far as I was concerned, he broke contract.

Moreover, honestly, when did it become ok to abduct women in cabs? Because the moment he went his own way and wouldn’t move in accordance with my wishes, that is what he had done. He had actually abducted me. What he did was so illegal.

If that ever happens again, I’m going to get out of the taxi and walk back to the nearest safe place and get another taxi or bus or ask someone to pick me up from there because I’m not having this. One hears too many tales of women getting abducted and raped by rogue taxi drivers to be putting up with this stupidness. He could have been getting anything out of his boot? He could have just been lying.

This will never happen again, be vigilant!

 

Your’s Catherine x