Special thanks to Corinne Walker, who gave us so many useful ideas and tips to use our singing voices in the studio at the March General Meeting. I’ve been singing up a storm, and have enjoyed implementing the ideas shared into my teaching. It’s made many concepts easier to teach! Thanks also to Nicci Lovell for her wonderful solfege demonstration.
With much school testing done in April and the end of the school year, this can be a very stressful time for our students. Add to it the stress of preparing for Awards in Excellence and/or Achievement Day in May, and the anxiety level can increase even more. Such a life adventure. It’s often difficult for students to believe that they can make it through all the daily challenges they face. One of my children’s favorite movies was “Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin.” In one scene, Winnie the Pooh is concerned that Christopher Robin might not always be with him to help him. Christopher Robin tries to assure the bear that he’ll be alright on his own. He says, "You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." Wonderful advice for Winnie the Pooh and wonderful advice for our students, and even ourselves as we face our own challenges. What great opportunities we have as we teach and spend time with our amazing students, to help them to develop belief in themselves. They can do difficult things, they can overcome challenges, they can deal with disappointment, and they can grow into self-sufficient and capable young people who have so much to offer. Music gives us so much!
Enjoy your April, everyone!
-Shannon Payne, DVMTA President
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