A message for my students

My dearest students,

Well, we’ve reached the end of the election cycle, a particularly nasty and divisive one as these things go, and I know that even though most of you are not old enough to vote that it can still be tremendously emotionally consuming to experience.

No matter where we all fall on the political spectrum, whether we are happy this week or sad, I want you to know that I am proud of you, and I am so impressed by your generation and your spirit. I don’t believe for one second all the think pieces that come out saying derogatory things about your age group. I know better. I see young folks who have smart, considerate, and progressive things to say, who look out for their friends and family, who take risks and work hard and engage in their communities. I see you making music, and I am so incredibly privileged to be your teacher.

We have some work to do to make the two halves of our country get back on speaking terms. I’m sorry this mess gets passed along to you, but I want you to know that I will always have your best interests in mind, I will always make music with you. Anyone who wants to learn and create art is always welcome in my studio.

Let’s get back to work.

Your dedicated teacher,


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