I have a degree in bassoon/oboe/voice but due to some jaw injuries gave up public school music teaching. For the past 23 years I have been an English teacher. Due to some new therapies available, I am playing again... mostly oboe (my son is now the bassoonist). I find that the music is my centering in the whirlwind of middle school kiddies and the demands of "No Child Left Untested."
On a seriuos note, I work at the a small K-12 building that suffered a tragic loss last fall when a young man walked into our building and shot our principal to death (I am sure you saw it in the news - everyone did). I not only witnessed part of the shooting, I gave first aide to my late friend. As you can imagine I have pictures to deal with. In addition, one of my junior boys was killed that same morning in a car accident. While my teaching peers are going to counseling and taking anti-depressents, I pick up my oboe and play Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak and the like. It is the best form of therapy I know and no drug in the world can give you the same sense of center and peace.
At a recent grief meeting for staff (mandatory for all staff), someone asked when they would start to feel better and I said that I felt that I really didn't need the meetings anymore; I felt that I was doing fine. She responded back, "Yes, but you have your music." Wouldn't it be nice if everyone had "their music"?
Thanks for letting me share.
Weston Public Schools
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