Creating Peace Through Music
Music has always been the savior of my sanity. From the time I was a young child learning hymns in church - my favorite is "Morning Has Broken" - singing has been the way I best process my emotions and return from the chaos that may be swirling around me back to my center of peace. I immersed myself in music studies over a lifetime to return to that place of peace on a daily basis. It is truly the Spirit in motion.
While teaching in day care, public school settings and private lessons, I have witnessed over and over again that music engages young people's minds in positive directions. When you have something positive to focus on, you can create plentiful positive situations in your everyday experiences.
I have a love for improvisation that was fostered by studying with masters of jazz - I took private lessons with Dave Burns, a member of Dizzy Gillespie's Big Band. I am so grateful to have had that experience. I am so blessed to have had the teachers in my life that have encouraged me to follow my dreams and talents. One of the dreams I am working on now is a method book to teach others how to improvise - sharing this love of creating music.
The best thing you can do for a child, friend or partner is to notice what they are doing right and be supportive of them following their bliss. You may not ever know the full impact of what you have done for them, but you will have made their heart fill with the abundance of love the Universe has for everyone on this planet.