I just received an email to judge an online music competition. (The site suggests it’s too expensive for many to travel to competitions, so this saves that expense.) I doubt very much the group knows who I am, whether I am competent or not, or anything about my teaching. It is addressed to “Dear Teacher”. If this is how a competition is run would you trust it? I did check the website and it exists … doesn’t look to be a fake site. But really … anyone can audition for the $100 Paypal fee. And it looks as if anyone can judge.

I wonder why I’m leery.

(And don’t ask me what I think about competitions in the first place!)