Lately, in a few of my classes, we have been talking about the importance of
Who should learn music? Why should we teach music? What impact does music have on education?
Obviously, being that I'm a music education major,
I feel pretty strongly on the subject.
I saw the importance of music education
in a very different light.
And I'd be lying if I said it wasn't going to take me a few kleenex to get through this post.
You see, for the past three years,
I have been teaching violin lessons to an elderly woman.
Every week for the past three years,
she has faithfully shown up extra early for her lesson,
with a lunch packed specifically for me.
She practices harder and longer than most of the students at my university
and truly has a passion for the violin.
Today, we met up for the first time since Summer break.
I greeted her and asked her if she'd like to schedule our lesson time for this semester.
She replied that she would like to keep her Tuesday time we have previously used
was unsure if she'd be able to make it every week;
a strange statement for an elderly woman who braved rain, snow, sleet and hail to make it to her lessons.
She then went on to explain
that she was diagnosed with
this past week.
Three times a week she will be receiving radiation treatments.
She has to cut down tremendously on her daily activities and her sister offered to have her move in with her for the next three months while she receives treatments to make life easier.
But she said no.
Because if she moved in with her sister, she would be unable to continue with her group and private violin lessons.
You see, ever since she was a little girl, she has dreamed of playing the violin.
And through our university's string project,
she was able to live that dream.
Over 50 years later,
she is finally living her dream.
And I feel so blessed to be able to journey with her to that dream.
She then went on to explain in further detail,
how she must keep playing.
Because every week,
she goes to a nursing home
and plays her violin for the elderly residents of the home.
And she believes whole heartily
that it brings them healing.
Feelings that they haven't felt in years.
She finished the conversation saying that she also whole heartily believes
playing will bring her healing and peace
as she walks through the valley of the shadow of death,
and battles cancer.
And I have no doubt that it will.
I have no doubt about the power of music,
the importance of music education,
the importance of music education not only in our schools
but for all who yearn to discover its
and magnificent beauty.