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It Takes a Village: Music Teachers

Music lesson in Enschede (Muziekschool)
Music lesson in Enschede (Muziekschool) (Photo credit: Johan Koolwaaij)

When someone says they’ve accomplished everything in life with no help  they must have a short memory.  It takes a village to raise a child and keep adults on track.  This is a tribute to some of the people in my village.

Music teachers have played an important part in my life.   Mrs. Partridge was my violin teacher in grade school and Junior High.  She saw potential in me I didn’t see in myself and showed me the doors music can open.

Mr. Starr, my college violin teacher, modeled the importance of integrity and values as well as a great love of music.   The music department became a refuge for me.

Music feeds the soul and gives us an outlet for expressing emotion.  It can become a social activity if we join a musical group and playing music is just plain fun.

A great big THANK YOU to all the music teachers teaching notes and technique while building character and  spreading the love of music,  May the music go on and on and on…

It Really Does Take a Village — Bonnie Estes

kids coming from the school!
kids coming from the school! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Don’t you get tired of hearing people claim everything they own and have accomplished is their own doing with no help from anyone?  It does take a village to raise a child and to keep adults on track.   Bonnie Estes was part of the village that raised me.

Miss Estes was my grade school principal.  She lived across the street from the school and took great pride not only in “her school,” but also in “her kids.”  While I guess you would call Miss Estes “strict” by today’s standards she was also kind.  She kept track of us long after graduation and took pride in our accomplishments.

Why do I remember Miss Estes who passed on long ago?  She taught me one woman can make a difference, and I will never forget.