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A holiday gift that lasts a lifetime

A friend of mine recently asked me to suggest some piano etudes he could give his son for Christmas – something to help improve technique.  His son is an excellent musician – Macro of music score for backgroundwith an advanced degree in oboe from a major music school.  He has recently bought a piano and now wants to become a better pianist.

As I was thinking about composers and music to suggest, I also thought about how many of us take for granted things like music lessons or buying sheet music or scores.  My parents had very little money when I was growing up, but my mother was determined that her children would have piano lessons.  Those early music lessons awakened a lifelong passion for music, which was strengthened by my elementary school music teacher.  Mrs. Clark was a dynamic presence in our daily music classes!  Yes- daily classes.  Music was a regular part of the curriculum, something increasingly rare in elementary schools these days.   She was talented, creative, a visionary, a motivator – she inspired us to want to do our best musically.   And she produced knockout school musical productions that brought the entire community together.  Continue reading