A Great Message for the weekend
Music Teachers have two greatest fears. The first fear is standing in front of a musical ensemble on a performing stage, begin conducting, and having their ensemble not start.
The second one is being sick.
This week I lived that second fear, but my fears were easily put to rest by your amazing students.
I started this week LiveStreaming from home. I was then told that even doing that was too much, and to take it easy. Don't worry, I'm okay, and nothing is COVID-related, but health has to sometimes take a priority.
Every night I had a conversation with my substitute teacher, Mr. Wilkowich, who loves music, but had his "maiden voyage" of conducting on Thursday. He would relay the details of the hard work and inspiring moments he would have working with your students. Every night the messages back were "you have the most amazing students, they are so respectful, and so hard-working."
Yes I do.
I seldom take the moments necessary to share with you how much I love working with your kids, and how much of a privilege it is to do so. You should know that your students have done wonderful things despite all the strange challenges of the year, and I'm proud of them.
Please continue to encourage them to play at home ... not just practice, but actual play. Have fun with the instruments. Sure, get some work done for Mr. Windsor in MusicFirst too, but have fun with them.
Thank you for the opportunity to work with your kids. You're all doing something right!
Mr. Windsor will provide you with some interesting hints, help, advice, and resources on this page.