I can remember my elementary music school teacher, Mrs. Lohr, so clearly. She picked up on my excitement, talent and how much I loved to sing. She gave me an opportunity to sing a special descant part in the choir. I must’ve only been in 4th grade. That led to more choir, singing lessons, piano lessons, music theory, musical theater and the list keeps on and on. With her help, I was able to discover a deep love and self expression that has continued throughout my whole life.
I grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada where I had access to music in school from start to finish. Choir, band, jazz band, etc. you name it.
I would not be who I am today, or the musician I am today without that access.
The incredible teachers who enabled me are something I still think about to this day. I am grateful for their words of encouragement and affirmation.
Having lived in the USA for over a decade I’ve been learning that music in school is not a given. My daughter will be school-aged in a couple of years and I can’t imagine her not having the kind of access I had. I feel deeply compelled to use my voice and advocate for music education in schools in whatever way possible.
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