A Year in Review

I have a confession to make, I don’t remember the year I started teaching.  As far as I can remember I’m between my 9th and 11th year.  What I do remember is my first musical interaction with each of my students.  I remember the themes of each year’s recitals and the productions we have put on.  I remember when I first had my big ideas, and when students brought me theirs.  And I will always remember this past teaching year.

When my family went into crisis in the winter of 2019 and just getting out the door was hard it was my students who made putting the effort in worth it.  The support was tremendous.  Kind words and cards, snacks and understanding kept me going.  Less than a month after my life returned to normal COVID hit.  When I began offering online lessons I had no idea what the future would hold for me.  Mysteriously, instruments began to emerge, from under beds and out of closets and students began to accompany themselves.  Practice became a daily occurrence, with a number of students joining me for the 100 day practice challenge.  Some students began to meet weekly to discuss technique and perform for one another.  Others joined me for monthly radio plays.

And now, three months later, we are less than a week away from our year end recital.  How did I get so lucky to be connected to so many wonderful students and families?  
Our recital will be held on Friday, June 26th at 6:00 p.m.  The Zoom meeting will open at 5:45 p.m. so we can work out any technical issues.  
Here is the link to the year end recital.  Please share with your friends and family.  You deserve an audience!


Olivia Whiddon is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Recital 

Time: Jun 26, 2020

6:00 PM Winnipeg
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One thought on “A Year in Review

  1. Wonderful, Olivia. Unfortunately living in the ‘deep’ woods has its drawbacks…the big one is not getting unlimited service for a reasonable price and then the slowdown that occurs too. So good luck. Your students really have benefited from your guidance…I remember your guidance and encouragement. Hugs.

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