6 Celebrated Musicians Who Were Once Teachers

Teaching is as far from music as two careers could possibly be, but strangely enough, some musicians have actually left the classroom with all its demands and turned the creativity of teaching into another type of creativity that is just as demanding and creative!

Sting

Sting real name

Known only as Sting to his fans, he was once Gordon Sumner, a school teacher. Music was in his blood even then, so during the weekends, he was playing jazz. Holidays and the evenings also saw him at his music, and then he gave up teaching and moved to London where he set up the band – The Police. The hit single of that band started him on the road to success was about the inappropriate feelings of a schoolgirl for her teacher! Now, he is a multi-platinum superstar. You can browse through FeeFreeTicket.com to find cheap music concerts tickets without service fees, and of course, to save from every purchase you complete.

Natalie Gauci

Natalie Gauci

Fans first noticed her on the television show ‘Australian Idol’ but before that she was a music teacher, teaching music in a Catholic school by day while at night she was where her heart really lay; she was performing in the clubs and bars. It was winning the television contest that got her to finally cut the strings and settle into an all music career.

Jimmy Driftwood

Jimmy Driftwood

For Jimmy, music, and teaching went side by side, and it seems that he has always been a teacher at heart since some of his songs were actually written to help his students learn history. Even as he became a full-time musician, he still cherished his time as a teacher and to express that he had been a regular performer for high schools as well as colleges. This was not an occasional occurrence but was quite frequent. For fans, this folk singer was always a teacher at heart, and the music was used to express that. Of course, the demands of being a musician kept him from being in the classroom but did not keep him from connecting with his students.

J.T. Taylor

J.T. Taylor

This is hard to believe, but the musician most popularly known for ‘Kool & The Gang’ and for teaching youngsters how to be really cool on the dance floor, was a teacher at one time. A preschool teacher in 1979, and from there he took a fast track to stardom due to the quality of his voice. Well, in a way he is still a teacher, and the whole world is his classroom as he teaches us all those dance floor moves!

Peaches

Peaches (musician)

From a private school that she attended growing up, she taught music and drama in the same environment – a Hebrew school. She was not known then as Peaches, but her name was Merrill Nisker. From that closed environment, she is now known mainly as that singer who has made it her role to attack gender roles, brashly. Through her music, she tries to respond and offer new perceptions to sexuality as opposed to what she has known as she grew up. It is like two opposite poles, but she is bold enough to say what she wants with her music. Peaches or Merrill, in a way she is still teaching!

Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow

Growing up in a music-oriented family, she went on to study music and then she was teaching it to elementary school children. She took her time as she developed her skills before finally reaching her natural destination and settling into a music career, and that was when she started performing vocals for stars such as Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder.

These are just a few examples; there are more musicians who had been teachers at one time in their careers.



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