It would be false to say that every week was revelatory, that kids always left class with a smile. I think that each student and teacher was tried at more than one point during the semester, and probably asked themselves why they play or teach music. It is because of those challenges that we are becoming such a vibrant program, and that our talented teachers make the kind of impact they do; it is because of those difficulties that over 200 people came to our winter concert and that afterwards our students were bubbling over with excitement. One thing I have learned in these past few months is that rough mornings and confusing afternoons lead to intraspective nights and renewed tomorrows.
Some day, you will drive down Ventura Avenue and it will be filled with young musicians walking to rehearsal, instruments in hand. You will hear music coming from houses and apartments. But what will capture your mind and heart will not just be the sights or sounds, but the palpable passion and joy with which kids play and families listen.
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