Music Notes


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  After over forty years in the classroom, I am writing this, my last Music Note. This note is filled with gratitude for the memories and support I have received from administrators, teachers, and parents.  I have been able to watch countless children perform in their musical programs, to watch hesitant choir members learn to confidently interact with seniors, and to witness older youngsters put their musical theory knowledge into action by playing an instrument. And, I love second generation singers! “You were my mom’s music teacher!”

  Now, due to a couple of health issues, my age, and the inability to hug kids, it is time to step back. This process has been bittersweet, though I’m still looking for the “sweet”!

  I want to thank various Home and School Clubs for always keeping music a priority. I began teaching music in the 1980s at Paradise Valley. The Home and School Club there wanted to be sure children of elementary school age had access to a music curriculum. Over the years, I taught at Paradise, Jackson, El Toro, Walsh, Barrett and Los Paseos. During that time, and until March 2020, Home and School Clubs and administrators always supported my classroom curriculum.

  Truth be told, my music lessons were not so much about half notes and crescendos, but about how music is woven into the fabric of our civilization and history.  In time of trials, music is comfort. In times of tedious tasks, music provides a rhythm which allows work to continue.  In time of celebration, music is jubilant.

  I will continue to be the Chairperson of Freedom Fest’s Patriotic Sing. Perhaps there is an afterschool choir in my future after a COVID vaccine is procured.

   To all I say, “Thanks for the memories”.

  I hope our youngsters believe in the power of music!

  With a song in my heart,

  Karen Ann Crane