Our guest today, Music Professor K. Pádraig O’Kane is a guitar educator with 35 years of experience teaching in a variety of institutions including high schools and universities. Pádraig is a guitar teacher who has devoted his life to sharing his love of music with others, and now he gets to share the incredible journey he’s been on as a music professor. Listen in as he tells us about how he quit music and why he came back to it. He also shares some pros and cons on being a music professor in the university system, some tips on how to persevere and endure as a music professor in a university, as well as some other stories from his career that you may have not heard before!
- Pádraig shared a brief overview of his journey as a guitar player and guitar teacher.
- Why he quit guitar and the decision to come back to music.
- He tells us how he battled an illness and how this affected him as a guitar teacher.
- The story behind how he became a guitar teacher.
- Some of his experiences and insights on being a music professor in the college system.
- The downside of being a music professor in a university.
- Pádraig shared some tips on how to persevere and endure as a music professor in a university.
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Professor K. Pádraig O’Kane is a guitar educator with 35 years of experience teaching in a variety of institutions including High schools and Universities. He taught at the world renown Frost School of Music in the studio music and jazz performance program for 17 years and continues to teach at Miami International University. Aside from teaching in universities, Professor O’Kane is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and internationally recognized uilleann pipes reed maker. He has taught reed making in Ireland, New York, and California. Professor O’Kane continues to widen his horizons with his YouTube channel, “Streetwise Guitar” where he tackles a variety of interesting topics.
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