It’s not every day that you get an artwork gift from one of your piano students. I was really flattered when I received the drawing from a six-year-old piano student that I had the pleasure to teach for several weeks. She was part of a small group of students that I taught while the director of the Shepherd Music School was on medical leave.
Most rewards you get from teaching have to do with seeing your students progress. However, it’s nice to be thanked in such a personal way that only a young person can do. Perhaps that’s a good lesson to all of us, to remember our friends and colleagues. The smallest gestures are the easiest to make but are also the ones we easily forget.