Category Archives: Stories

I Lost A Student

I lost a student. He graduated high school, attended his last lesson with me, performed his senior recital, and is now no longer a student of mine. But it’s not as simple as that. Each student that walks through my … Continue reading

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The Story of Joseph: the Boy Who Ran Away from School

“Where were you on Monday night? You missed ensemble rehearsal,” I asked Joseph* as he walked in for his lesson on Thursday night. “Oh…” he looked flustered. “Um… I had homework. Lots of homework.” I sat down to tune the … Continue reading

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When I Say Goodbye for the Last Time

It always hurts when a guitar student quits. No matter how much I prepare myself, knowing that eventually every single student will move on, there is still a sting when they have their final lesson. Some students are so full … Continue reading

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Day in the Life: 1st Annual Not-Back-to-School Week!

This is our first “official” not-back-to-school year as a home-schooling family! Harmony is two years and two months old, and we have been planning on home-schooling for a long time. Our family is a little out-of-the-ordinary because my husband and … Continue reading

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The Two Students Who Made Me Cry

Brendan has been my student for almost five years. Recently he had been working on a very challenging piece of music, one that pushed his limits of physical and musical development. For almost two months he had been on the … Continue reading

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A Different Kind of Easter Lesson, or What I Don’t Want to Teach My Child

On Saturday Harmony and I went to a local park after hearing that there would be an Easter egg hunt. She’d had a little practice already picking up a few Easter eggs, so I figured that with her cute basket … Continue reading

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The Story of David, Who Knew He Wasn’t Luke

David was putting all his energy and heart into the piece he was playing. I sat on the edge of my chair, thrilled to see the great improvement he had made this week. This particular piece was quite difficult, one … Continue reading

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