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Music has charms to soothe…

Posted on: February 22, 2013

I had a terrible morning feeling very upset (troubled, distrustful, worried, disappointed, suspicious, angry…) about something that happened with one of my children and the way a teacher conducted himself.  I’ve come to worry about what this conduct implies and reveals about him and my child’s well being in that teacher’s class…

But then I sang in the room of a teacher who I like very much and something wonderful happened…at least for those 30 minutes, I felt much, much better.

From firsthand experience, I can attest that his is true:

Music has charms to sooth a savage breast,
To soften Rocks, or bend a knotted Oak.

First line of the play, THE MOURNING BRIDE (written in 1697 by William Congreve), spoken by Almeria in Act I, Scene 1.


2 Responses to "Music has charms to soothe…"

Sorry to hear about your experience with the teacher, but I completely agree about music making you feel better! I think I shared with you before, when I feel like I want to give up or when the kids won’t listen or when I am just not at my best, I take out one of “Mrs. G’s” books and songs and keep on singing till things get better. When I really need cheering up, I put on your cd with the book. Thank you for bringing joy to our classrooms! :-)

Danielle! This note made my day! I can’t wait to visit your class soon!
With love and thanks, Emily

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