Feb 9, 2018
Since beginning this podcast, Ryan has talked to composers,
directors, singers, tour managers, authors, and teachers from
around the country and the world. But one significant part of our
audience has remained a mystery to him until now: parents. Today
Ryan talks with Chris and Sarah Jarvis, who both teach at the same
high school, and who are the parents of 3 year old Liam. They
acknowledge the extra challenges that teaching parents face. The
struggle is real, especially when your toddler wants to play with
the iPad you are currently directing from.
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“‘Can I play with your iPad?
No, son, I’m directing from it.’” - Chris Jarvis
- Making it work, when both parents are working in the arts,
takes some extra planning and effort.
- Family comes first.
- There are lots of school obligations: concerts, competitions,
grades, shows, but you can’t let that overrun your parenting
obligations. Block off time just for family, and protect it.
- Tag team when necessary; track and manage schedules to minimize
- Use those great volunteers who want to help entertain your
child while you are in rehearsal.
- Recognize each other’s need for adult conversation, or the need
for no conversation.
Chris Jarvis was born in Abilene, Texas, but moved to New Mexico
when he was 5 years old. He graduated from high school there, and
then rushed back to Texas, where he graduated from Lubbock
Christian University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education.
Sarah Jarvis was born and raised in Brownfield, Texas, and she
lived there until she also attended Lubbock Christian University,
where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, and stalked Chris
until he married her. They have been married for 6 years, and work
as full time parents to Liam Jarvis. As a side gig, they also both
teach at Wichita Falls High School in Wichita Falls, Texas, where
Chris is the Choir Director and Sarah is the Theatre Director.
They also perform regularly together in community theatre
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