Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Whole Family Is Important

January marked my 10th year as a Kindermusik educator. My current focus now is much different than the focus I had when I first began this Kindermusik journey. Maybe it is age or maybe it is the times we live in, I don't know, but I have shifted my focus from predominantly being on the children to now being focused on the families as a whole. I see so many hurting people every day walk into my studio and somehow when they leave they feel better. Or at least I hope so. I want my families to know how much I care for them and I do this by talking to every family one by one every week, sending notes to mommy and child with stickers for the child if they are absent, sending individual emails to those I know need encouragement and sometimes just picking up the phone and saying, "Hey, I was thinking about Johnny. How's he doing this week?". Yes, it takes time. Lots of time. More than I have ever spent in my 10 years of teaching. But you know? It makes me a better person and teacher to care for others. Music is so healing and I want to share my love of others and my passion for music every day of my life. I encourage you to take a look at your it just for the money or do you see it as an investment into other people's lives?

shared by Michele Mulder

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