Bernie Armada | Pratfalls of Parenting Ep 76


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“I knew I wasn’t going to be able to make any money with a music degree.”

Musician, Professor, and Improviser Bernie Armada talks about how he ended up teaching rhetoric. He also talks about how heavily influential mentors can be. And he shares how teaching helped him overcome his public performance anxiety.

“Relics from the past are everywhere.”

Bernie talks about his academic study of rhetoric and how he got there by moving away from studying music. He talks about the philosophy that drives what and how he teaches and she shares how his work impacts how he interacts with the world. Bernie also talks about how the explosion of the digital world has impacted public memory.

“I felt like I had let my son down by letting him give up.” 

Bernie talks about struggling between making his kids stick with a thing or letting them decide they aren’t interested any more. He talks about making music for himself and also getting to play accompanying music for his kids in their school talent shows. And he talks about the places where parenting, improvising, and teaching intersect.

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