Well, 2020 is over and there’s probably no one on Planet Earth that wants to re-visit that year. As we dust off those cobwebs, I just can’t help but start 2021 with a spark of hope and a bucketful of admiration.
Although we missed seeing you in 2020, there is no doubt that music teachers have really stepped up to the plate (forgive the sports analogy) to show grace, flexibility, and creativity for their students. Pretty sure that none of you went to college or conservatory to learn how to teach via Zoom or to teach a socially distant performance group. As a business that supports music students and directors, we admire all of you out there who are making music happen in your students’ homes and schools. You are heroes!
Essential workers – how familiar that term is to us now. Having spent many months in quarantine depending on those who make our society plug along, let’s give a round of applause to those who fall under that huge umbrella of work deemed essential. Of course, this includes health care, but it also includes those in retail grocery chains, agriculture, childcare, plumbers, mechanics, transportation, first responders, and the list goes on and on. Can we ever say thank you enough to those who keep us going?
Finally, I guess we must admit that we all have a much more expanded appreciation for time – time by ourselves, time with those we love, and time spent discovering new talents and re-visiting old interests. For music teachers (and those of us in that world), that can also mean the simple pleasure of practicing and enjoying music. We look forward to the time when we can welcome you and your wonderful students back to a Forum Festival to enjoy, support, and encourage young musicians.