I have been so excited about this series, and have spent a lot of time thinking about my contribution! There are so many who have influenced my life in so many different ways. But the wonderful lady I picked has had immeasurable sway on the direction of my life.
When I was a young girl, my mother started me in piano lessons. It was fine. I remember practicing a lot, along with my older brother, and older sister. We were all forced. We were all made to practice. We were all carted off to our lesson each week. My parents were adamant about it.
As a certain teacher had slots on her waiting list, we were moved over to her. And it began to change my life!
Her name is Melissa Snow, and her piano-teaching skills are out of this world. She teaches with zeal, passion, and fun!
I remember when I was a young teenager. I was really getting burned-out on piano. I really didn’t like it. It took up so much time, and I really wanted to quit. My mom wouldn’t let me (of course!), so we went to every other week instead of every week. It really helped to have a small break. After that time, when I was about 14, I began to actually love it. I went to every week again, and even all through the summer! I got over that “hump” of indifference, and began to share my teacher’s dream.
One of the things I will always remember about her is her kindness. If I hadn’t practiced well that week, she never showed her annoyance with me. (Although now that I teach piano myself, I am sure she felt it!) She always had a smile, a kind word, and an “You can get it if you work a little harder.”
I often visited her church growing up. I loved to hear her play (and still do!). She was always faithfully in her place in church. She would sing and play, and I would dream that I could sing and play like her.
She helped me get college information from her alma mater, Crown College. That of course, had a great impact on my life. God greatly led me while I was there, and I learned so much more about Him. I met my wonderful husband there. All because of my teacher. 🙂
I see her now about once a year. At last year’s meeting, she and I were talking about our piano students. I always have questions and seek her advice with my teaching problems. She said, “I was just thinking about the time you told me you hated playing hymns.” We both smiled. 🙂 “I’m glad you didn’t quit.” Well, my mama wouldn’t let me! But so much of it was because of my teacher! She just had a way, and still does.
Not only did her direction influence my college choice, and lead me to the place where I met my Jamin. But I have played the piano in some form in every place I’ve been. Either as the church pianist, or playing for a certain group or choir. There is always a need for a pianist. Now I have 13 piano students also. I am not bragging in any way, shape, or form here. It’s just that I’m using what God has given me in the best way that I can. (Trust me! I know there are much more talented and gifted musicians out there!) Had I not had a wonderful teacher, I wouldn’t be able to do these things!
She still teaches, and I would love to live closer to my childhood home, so she could teach my children!
Did you have a great teacher? I’d love for you to share your story in the comments below!