I started The Old Barn Music School in Wilton, CT in 1993. It was a big year for me; I started a family and a business in our home. At the time I was mostly teaching music appreciation to preschoolers. There were days when my twin toddlers ran into the music/living room and other days when my students ran out of the music/living room. Fortunately, most parents knew that the goal was to teach their children that music could be a great part of their lives and that meant their whole life, my whole life. Their children became my children, at least for that hour. I came to love many of them as my own and they came to love the music as their own.
This model of teaching was also my baby. I merged methodologies and philosophies with experience, training, creativity, joy, and plain old common sense. Eventually I phased out the preschool classes and built up the piano lesson/music appreciation side. 28 years sure went fast.
And now it is time for me to start a new chapter in my life and that means leaving my home and leaving my home business. I am very grateful to all the parents who have shared their children with me over the years. I have had the opportunity to watch those children learn and mature. Thank you for trusting me with your children’s music education. Leaving my students is surprisingly difficult.
I am going to continue to write in this blog for a while. Feel free to “follow” me and see if I have new tidbits from time to time. I have recently had conversations with some older people and I am surprised out how many have returned to playing piano. While I am not sure what is my next new music step, I know there will be a new step. There is more music waiting for me. Because, you know…
… Music Lasts a Lifetime