Pop Quiz, Monday with Victoria Jacono-Gilmovich

I love seeing students develop, achieve goals..and seeing whole communities form and rise with music at the core.

Victoria Jacono-Gilmovich

The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.

I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Victoria Jacono-Gilmovich

Victoria Jacono-Gilmovich
Photo credit: Victoria Jacono-Gilmovich

What is your job role?
Director of the Inner West Institute of Music and freelance violinist

Tell us about your company?
The Inner West Institute of Music delivers tailored music education and a life long love of the arts from the ages of 6 months onwards.

What do you love most about your job?
I love seeing students develop, achieve goals..and seeing whole communities form and rise with music at the core.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
My family motivates me…to surround them with a more meaningful life..and pass on that message and joy to their generation. I also love creating employment and mentoring to the next generation of young teachers.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
They inspire me by showing me new trends…showing me such a wide array of teaching styles and methods..they indeed show me that education and the arts are not only bottomless…it’s always evolving.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We frequently gather for meals, perform together in concerts..we probably should do more..but as the nature of our work is one on one with the students..we don’t all cross paths at the same time.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Tailoring the balance of learning, relationships, and expectation between three people.

There are the bond and expectations between student and parent, student and teacher, and teacher and parent to navigate for each student….and it’s not always easy or obvious…then multiply this by 300 clients and growing.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
I do everything…I need to trust, delegate and rely on my team to not only do their jobs..but also grow the business for all of us…we all need to support each other.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Learn your strengths and delegate anything else…you can’t do absolutely everything. Leave time for your development and your family (or whatever else it is that you love)

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:


Author: Ricky Singh, MBA

Editor of The Startup Growth.

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