I decided that I wanted to make that quote into a card that I could send to all of them. So, I sat down, started working, and came up with this design that can be printed in a 4x6 format onto photo paper. Once it was done I sent it off to an online photo printer and then waited for them to show up in my inbox! (Disclaimer, the photo works great with a home printer where you can choose "borderless printing" but when you send it to Snapfish or Shutterfly you sometimes have formatting issues. Snapfish wants to adjust your photo, which doesn't end well. I got 30 crappy photos back with half the quote cut off. 2nd try: Shutterfly worked almost perfectly. Honestly, It might just be easiest to take this on a flash drive to Walgreens where you can play around with the photo kiosk... but since I'm such a daredevil I tried the online way first.)
In some ways, teaching music can be so isolating. Often we're the only person in our building (or sometimes our district) who teaches music. We don't fall in line with the other subjects because what we do is so different. At endless professional development sessions we sit there thinking about all the great things we could be doing in our room, how we could be planning for upcoming programs, or just wishing that there was something in the endless talking that actually, REALLY applied to our teaching and subject matter. You can't just walk across the hall and bounce an idea off of someone who teaches what you do. It's easy to feel like nobody really knows what you're doing and when you need help, it's natural to feel alone.
My hope is that despite all the challenges, that each and every one of you feels encouraged, empowered, and excited by what we do and the kids that we teach. I really do hope that my friends found some encouragement from the pictures. I hope that every time they look at the photo, that they remember that they are appreciated and that they have friends around to help. I hope that YOU feel that way too, dear reader. I hope that this blog and others like it give you inspiration and that you feel you can contact us with ideas or questions. That's why so many music bloggers out there have made Facebook pages and passed out our contact info. That's why I've compiled a page of resources and links for you to work through and find some of the best music education pages on the web! We want to be around to help and work through problems because as much as it might help you, it helps us feel connected too. No matter how near or far, we want to feel connected, share ideas, and feel like one big musical family.