Puzzle Talk and Patience

It’s that time of year when the scheduling puzzle begins – piano lessons, sports, dance, church youth nights, and now ever-changing school situations! As new empty nesters, after six children and 32 years of coordinating those new fall schedules, my husband and I are feeling for you parents. Emotions can run high with all of these adjustments and changes. I found myself getting a little frustrated a few weeks ago, trying to firm up my studio schedule, until I talked to a schoolteacher friend of mine. He told me that he (a teacher, mind you) did not know many details that had to do with the new school year. This was just days before school was to begin! My heart went out to him and the fact that he couldn’t plan or prepare very effectively with hardly any information to go on! So I told myself that the key element here is patience. The world is facing unprecedented times. If we can remind ourselves that whomever we are waiting on, they are most likely waiting on someone else. Let frustration go, and just smile and wait, enjoying whatever progress you’ve made and any little joys around you! It’s going to be okay.

Published by Susan Leavitt

Music has been a huge part of Susan's life, from her first "performance" at age four, plunking out the melody of a favorite hymn by ear in church, to now, entering her thirtieth year of teaching piano. She began taking formal lessons at age seven, and continued on, receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance/pedagogy from Brigham Young University. She has been a member of numerous choirs, as a director, singer and accompanist (piano and organ), performing throughout the community, as well as serving musically in her church. She was the accompanist for award-winning choirs at Cherokee Trail High School in Denver area’s Cherry Creek School District from 2015-2019, performing in Chicago and New York City, and assisted in their preparation for singing at Carnegie Hall. Most recently she joined the Parker Chorale. Susan is a member of Music Teachers National Association, Colorado State Music Teachers Association, and Aurora Music Teachers Association, for which she currently serves as president. Several of her students have received regional recognition and awards. She loves teaching all aspects of the piano, as well as theory, music history, composition, and the joy of all kinds of music. One of her favorite activities is to take students to hear great piano performances. Besides music, her favorite things are spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren, quilting, gardening, traveling, and daily walks with the family labrador retriever, Rocky.

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