As soon as I graduated, I was very glad to take a small break from a schedule like this. When I started teaching and running a business, however, I found that practice time was very hard to find. While I was accompanying vocalists regularly, not working on my own skills as a pianist began to depress me; it felt that an important relationship in my life was gone! I have found several ways to get around this problem of making a living as a teacher, and still progressing as a pianist.
1) Find a church job. My responsibilities at my church require me to use every skill that I have, to the best of my ability. I feel energized after every service.
2) Perform at local teacher meetings, host your own recitals, play at student recitals
3) Have a daily practice routine of technical exercises and sight reading: Czerny op. 299, The Well Tempered Clavier, sonatinas, and Beethoven sonatas are amazing tools to maintain technical skills.
4) Make relationships within local college/university music programs to get new, more interesting accompanying business