December is the season for Christmas Concerts, Winter Concerts, Holiday Concerts, Seasonal Celebrations, or whatever you want to call them.

For the music teacher it can be a time of both angst and excitement. There's so much hurrying and last minute preparation that needs to be done. We have to prepare music, find props, choose soloists, and finalize all the details. However, when the first downbeat begins music making is culminated in all of its wonder.

I don't know about you but I am always surprised during concerts. Some things go better than expected and some don't. You never know. Regardless of the "musical result" I am always filled with joy. There is something very special about watching students perform. Look into their eyes and see their excitement. Listen to the buzz as they come into the room. Watch them with their families when the concert is over. This is what makes it special.

When it's over... Smile! Celebrate! It is now time for your long winter's nap.

And I'm sure it is much deserved...

Merry Christmas to you and yours!



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