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Harmonizing Dedication and Passion: My Musical Journey as a Teacher


In the captivating world of education, my relationship with being a teacher goes beyond the job—it's a lifelong journey made out of a mix of DNA, natural curiosity towards many of the arts (did you know I used to make claymation films when I was 12?...) and endless desire to understand the human mind and its potential.


Allow me to introduce myself—I'm João Figueiredo, a devoted father, music educator at Music Lab, and a forever student. For me, teaching is not merely a job; it's a calling that has been woven into the very fabric of my existence.


From a tender age, the seeds of education were sown in my life. Growing up in a family of educators, with both parents and grandparents donning the mantle of teachers, it's no wonder that teaching is etched into my DNA. It's as though the universe conspired to set me on this path, where the notes of learning and the rhythms of knowledge would come together in a harmonious blend.


But what truly sets me apart is the symphony of sacrifices I have made to fine-tune my craft. Seventeen years dedicated to the pursuit of pedagogy, educational psychology, and, of course, the drumming. With drumsticks in hand and a relentless pursuit of excellence, I have studied under the tutelage of the world's finest drum teachers: a distinguished roster that includes Michael Lauren, JP Bouvet, Claus Hessler, Juan Carlito Mendoza, and Hugo Danin.


I have also studied leadership with some of the world's best conductors - Paul Caldwell and Gonçalo Lourenço, just to name a few.


Then, add to this my studies with psychologists Dr. Nicole Gridley, Dr. Claire Kinsella and Dr. Pedro Rocha and you Will understand the cocktail of knowledge that was put together and created what I can only call an Educational Frankenstein - but without the bad stuff.


Each lesson, each practice session, each moment spent perfecting my skills was not just a personal journey—it was an ode to the future generations of learners I would inspire. It's this unwavering commitment to the craft, this relentless dedication, that truly makes me an educator extraordinaire.


Music Lab isn't just a teaching studio; it's a manifestation of my life mission. A mission that began as a whisper, nurtured by familial roots, and ultimately bloomed into a symphony of impact. Every student who steps through the doors of Music Lab becomes a note in this melodic tapestry, each one contributing to the chorus of purpose that I have been entrusted with.


So here's to the educators who go beyond the confines of a classroom, who transform lives with each carefully orchestrated lesson. Here's to me, João Figueiredo, whose journey is a testament to the power of passion, the beauty of commitment, and the magic that happens when dedication and teaching converge.


And more importantly, here's to you. You represent what and who I live for.


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