I heard this morning, of the passing of a beloved and talented music teacher at the school where we have been working as visiting artists. I had never met this man, but in the past week, I have wandered thru the Visual Arts area, past the Music and Theater Departments, and beamed as I watched teenage boys spilling out into the world singing and laughing.
I peeked into a room filled with the most beautiful Orchestra instruments. Large burnished, chestnut colored cellos, gleaming brass horns, chairs and music stands.
I heard a piano being played and caught a glimpse of students gathered around in song. AH HA, I thought, this must a Glee Club!
I stopped and studied the dozens and dozens of proudly framed theatre posters that spoke so brightly of the heightened thrills and excitement of putting on a school play.
I can only imagine what a caring person and teacher this man was judging from the simple joy I felt walking through these halls. Amazing art teachers are a special breed and spread more love, inspiration and good will than is possible to measure. Their gifts are felt in each song sung, instrument played, artwork created and actor’s voice. Through the lives of every student, a good teacher’s touch and artistic encouragement continues to reach others. I have to tell you, that this makes me cry, because we have all been blessed with a teacher, or several like this, who has effected us in such a profound, giving and creative way.