Today Musicalia is officially 18 years old!
Way back in 1993, when Musicalia was born, I didn't own a computer or a DVD player or even a TV. I did have a grand piano and a guitar though! We still listened to cassette tapes while driving in our cars. Flat screen TV's were unheard of and I was still teaching in the public schools as a primary grade classroom teacher.
With the founding of Musicalia Education Services, I began to offer community music classes at the local scout hall and at a local rec center. I created music programs for non-specialist teachers, travelling to their schools and doing in-service with the entire teaching staff. I modelled this work directly with their students as well. It was a scary and exhilarating time.
Eventually, I resigned from the school district (and the union and regular paychecks) and made the leap back into self-employment and further study. I travelled all over the world studying with teachers and mentors considered the best in their fields. In addition to my private teaching I was consulting for school districts locally and providing workshops and speaking nationally. I had a dream to open a private music school but wasn't sure how I would make that happen. It did happen though.
What a gift the whole process has been!
It has shaped my personality in ways I could never have imagined.
There have been many challenges and many successes.
I even walked away from Musicalia for a year only to discover that in my heart I did not want to be away from the children, the parents, the planning, the never-ending, never-ending-ness of it all.
I am still learning.
Sometimes I am still scared.
Remarkably, I am still exhilarated!