Thankful November 9th: Music

There has never been a time in my life that hasn’t included music. I grew up in a family of seven (including parents), and all of us played at least two instruments (including parents). My dad’s mother was a piano teacher. She taught me for 11 years, and she was my biggest supporter when I chose to study music in college. I play the piano, and violin. In college, I studied singing and choral conducting. I started teaching piano when I was 18, and I currently have 15 students who do two to three recitals a year. I met my husband because I was the music director for a show at a local community theater. The show we were doing was written by a friend who asked my younger sister and me to arrange the music. I have written a little original music, but I mostly do choir arrangements (makes sense, see previously mentioned college path). I love music. I don’t know what life would be like without music infusing pretty much every aspect of it.


A Photo a Week: Music


My husband and I sing in a local chorale that practices weekly. We are getting ready to perform our annual spring concert. At last week’s rehearsal, I grabbed this shot of our sister-in-law (her voice is amazingly like Karen Carpenter’s) who also sings in the group. Music is a huge part of our lives. I have a degree in Music Education, and my husband and I met doing a musical with a local community theater group. In today’s world, it’s hard to get away from music. We hear it in stores, listen to it constantly on the radio in our cars. Almost everyone is plugged in to their iPods or phones. Movies, TV shows, and commercials all have soundtracks. What music makes up the soundtrack of your life?


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Here’s how it works:

  1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
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