"The free play of art is the result of mastery. " --Ernst Fischer, The Necessity of Art

"Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them." --Ladybird Johnson

"...a well-trained ear, a well-trained intelligence, a well-trained heart, and a well-trained hand...." --Zoltan Kodaly


Engaging the game

Thinking today about teaching in a public school classroom as a way of looking at life.

For many years, I've invested hours of my life each day in finding good material (songs, dances, tunes...) and preparing ways to introduce music & dance to children, to hone their skills, to make it come alive for them. Working even harder to hone my own skills and understanding, so that I have a hope of being effective in what I do each day.

On most fronts, it still feels as though I have lots of work to do, to substantiate my dream.

Teaching and learning are primarily vehicles for me. A way of being with others that encourages all involved, encourages us to open minds and lives to the joy of creating, to the sheer joy of being alive and able to be a part of music and dance...and art, reading, sports, nature, community, science,business, play...all of it. To flourish, no matter what the 'outside' circumstances of our lives may be.

It takes work--for all of us, it takes work to teach and to learn. Investing ourselves, putting in the time to learn our craft, passing that along to others and learning in that process, too. Learning to live as fully as we can, wherever we are.

Learning to, as a good friend of mine likes to say, "engage the game". How lucky are we, to have that chance to create, each day?

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