My Erler's Musical Expressions music party (not a recital) yesterday was well received. Five of my seven families were able to be there. Parents and grandparents of my students came to me afterwards and thanked me for my work, and especially for focusing on the joys of music. I think it all goes back to my early training in Environmental Education, Kindermusik, and Musikgarten: "Process, not product is the key." and "Follow the Child." In other words, I try to focus on each one's interests and learning style.
At the party, I let each student volunteer to play a piece of their choice, and every one did, even though I didn't require it. I also focused on the community that was present, briefly introducing the families to each other. Because we're all in this together--teacher, student, and home. It's not my accomplishment; it's all of us combined. As the saying goes, "It takes a village."
My dear hubby, Paul, was such a big help! Setting up, cleaning up, and just giving moral support. I'm so blessed to be married to him. It was a lot of work, but it was well invested.
When my mentor in Michigan, Kaye Phelps, guided me into teaching, I felt unqualified. But God has given me what I needed, because this is a ministry He has called me to. I'm reminded of the passages in Exodus where God called Moses to free the Israelites from Egypt. He kept telling God, "I'm not a good speaker. I can't do this." But God told Moses, he would provide what he needed. And He did.
After 30 years of teaching music, I see even more clearly how God has used me--not only for the sake of music, but for the sake of my many students and families over those years.
I don't have the energy I did 30 years ago, but I'm thankful the Lord continues to give me the strength to serve him in this way.