For the first time, ever, I taught a two week Taketina Class for SYMS at UNH, with one student in it. I was surprised, checked in with the student that she indeed wanted to be in the class, and then did my usual way of meeting the student's needs, and going in directions I sensed were the best way to go for her. Yet I kept wondering, "Is this worth it for her?" I found out. On the last day of class, she presented me with a gift and a card. I don't believe I have ever been so moved and so touched by such a gesture. I would like to share some of what she wrote:
"Thank you for everything you have done for me at SYMS. You have been a role model, a mentor, and even a friend.
I loved experiencing Taketina with you....You have given me the confidence I need to make mistakes, and to have fun
with learning tricky things. I am going to try to be the best opera singer the world will ever hear, and I will never
forget how you helped me along my journey."
My healthy sense of doubt was put to rest. Thank you S...... for showing up, playing with me, and choosing to learn.
I look forward to hearing you sing "Aida". For that experience, I have no doubt.