What Did You Want to be When You Grew Up?

Misc., Musings

With Halloween behind us, it got me thinking… When you were a child, how did you answer the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Young Boy In Suit Doing His Tie To Look Smart

I ask my students this every year on their “Getting to Know You” paper I have them fill out. I always enjoy seeing all the different answers. Sometimes they want to be just like their Dad, whatever his current profession may be. For others it may be a rock star, though they are already rock stars in my eyes. Regardless what they write down I know it is something they are interested in.

When I was a child I had two answers for that question. I wanted to be a kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade teacher or a spy detective. Even up to my years in high school I remember requesting and receiving flyers for information on working for the FBI. From this day I still enjoy watching NCIS, Criminal Minds, CSI (fill in the blank…) etc…

Well needless to say, I don’t work for the FBI but I did pursue elementary education teaching for the primary grades. (Deciding that 2nd grade would be ideal) Ultimately my inner passion and desire led me to teaching piano lessons as a full time profession. It is a profession that I love and enjoy each day. I love making a difference with my students, teaching them all about music. Not just how to play the piano but everything that encompasses music.

How about you, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Feel free to comment below!

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  1. Lisa Donovan Lukas

    I love your “Getting to Know You” worksheet! This will be perfect for the start of the year, and also for a group lesson. I’m looking forward to using it.
    When I was very young, I wanted to be a singer-songwriter, and to grow up to be just like Joni Mitchell! When I was a little bit older, I wanted to compose music for film. I worked for many years as a singer-pianist in piano bars, and also worked for a long time as a music copyist for film composers — so both of those careers were very much related to my earliest dreams. Since then, I have devoted myself to teaching piano as a full time profession, and to composing piano music — work that I love with all my heart. I feel grateful to have been given this path in life. Both teaching and learning, all wrapped up into every day. Many thanks also for your wonderful blog, amazing resources, and work!

    • FPSResources

      That’s awesome Lisa! Yes, I would say you stayed inline with your original path. Your students are lucky to have you! 🙂

  2. Jeff Wille

    Believe it or not, I actually wanted to be a CPA and a lawyer. I got part way there, but I lost steam. I got my accounting degree and a certificate for being a lawyer’s assistant, but didn’t pass the CPA exam. I’m much happier now, that’s for sure!

    • FPSResources

      Isn’t funny, how life leads us to different directions? You are not only happier, but you are a blessing to your students!


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