Carl wrote:I'll start by advising you to enjoy that fearful excitement of taking this step.
I compare it to getting accepted to go to grad school. On the one hand you know that you are going to get access to a lot of challenging and exciting material but on the other hand a lot will be asked of your time energy and spirit.
One thing I wonder about your particular situation, is, who is your mentor? Do you plan on working directly under Mamady? Is there anyone closer or more accessible to you?
The reason that I ask has to do with a big change that happened for me after I started working with Mahiri.
A recurring line from Mahiri is that "I need to know all of them" when he talks about 2 or 3 versions of a tune, and where he learned them. There are 3 or 4 tunes now that I have gone way beyond what I expected to need to know for the test. (Soko, Kakilambe and Soboninkun particularly come to mind)
So, a long winter, snowed in with my djembe and recordings, is looking pretty good right now.
Enjoy the ride!
firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:Yeah, right! I'm considering early retirement so I can properly devote myself to this certificate But, really, the certificate isn't a goal or a means to an end for me. Instead, it's simply something I can do to get better with this music and learn more about it. I don't think that, if I get the certificate, I will ever "use" it for anything. For example, I don't think it would help me get more students. (Being able to say "TTM Certified Teacher" on my website isn't going to bring in more students, because the people who find me via the website wouldn't know what that means anyway...) What I will get out of the certificate though (if I make it) is a sense of pride and achievement, and being a better musician. That's good enough for me.
Dugafola wrote:i'm testing with him next week.
bubudi wrote:carl, nice one starting this thread! there are going to be a lot of flies on the wall here!
good stuff duga, it's time for you.
i think that for a lot of people the ttm cert test represents a structured way to work towards a certain level. sure, you could achieve at least as much purely by listening and practicing and learning with whatever teachers come your way, or maybe a trip to west africa. but the majority of people i've come into contact with are not so self-driven and can benefit from both having the material set for them and the pressure and guidance to learn it properly.
Garvin wrote:One of my first teachers was Bruce Rudolph. Not sure when he was certified, I think he was one of the earlier folks to have done that. He's a kick ass drummer and person. I know he's out in CA now, probably at the camp you're at.
There are alot of amazing drummers who just can't teach, but the TTM certification, and I assume Mamady's acceptance of you as a student, virtually ensures that you will develop into an excellent teacher with a deep well of really valuable knowledge.
I really respect the dedication that it takes to do this. Definitely keep an open mind. As Carl said, the relationships that you develop during the process may lead you in directions you may never have expected. And don't be shy about throwing that "TTM" after your name once you've completed it
Hope you continue to share your experiences and thoughts here. I wish you the best of luck!
Dugafola wrote:that may be good enough for you, but that may not be good enough for Mamady. the certificate isn't about personal achievement...okay well it is a little bit. but that should be very minor compared to what the mission of TTM is about:
1. upholding and transmitting traditional Mandingue music
2. using the music to promote cultural understanding, equality and tolerance
If asked why you are going for a Cerificate, that's what Mamady would expect to hear.
michi, you don't need a TTM Certificate to learn or get better about the music. you can still study all the material and practice the matrl. until you play all the solos perfectly. learning to become a better musician is best practiced by just playing/performing/practicing/listening etc. Famoudou will tell you that.
unfortunately, there are people out there who seek a Certificate just to pad their resume. They think it'll help them be more relevant or more of an authority or make them more money via more students. there are people that have studied with Mamady and been given a certificate both before and after the "test" was mandatory who either stop teaching, stop playing entirely or have zero affiliation with TTM when it comes to the big picture...ie TTM mission statement etc.
ultimately, i've decided to be part of the club. my main reason being that he's my Master and I believe in his mission. my turning point came after a culmination of experiences dealing with other teachers, students, Masters, workshops, classes, conferences, trips to Africa etc.
i'm testing with him next week.
email@example.com wrote:I suspect that we are on the same wave length here. One thing about the certificate that I find attractive is that it gives me a well-defined goal. In turn, that helps to keep me motivated and provides focus--without such a goal, I tend to drift a little and don't apply myself as rigorously. The certificate isn't a means to end for me, and I don't expect that it will raise student numbers or any such thing. (Heck, I barely cover costs with my teaching, and teach because I love it, not because I want to turn it into a business. I have a full-time job already that pays me many times per hour what I could make by teaching...)
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