Two Noteworthy Teachers “Changing Lives Through Music”

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week I wanted to highlight two teachers who have touched my life. To them, teaching isn’t simply a job, it’s a passion! Through their gift of music they are changing the lives of children in a positive way. Portions of this article appeared in the Community Music School of Webster University e-blast in May 2018.

I began taking clarinet lessons at the Community Music School of Webster University (CMS) as a young adult. My teacher, Jeannie York Garesche, helped me with the fundamentals and gave me the confidence as a performer to become a member of the Saint Louis Wind Symphony. “Jeanine personalized each lesson, was patient with me and always set high expectations. Through her instruction, mentor-ship and support, I was able to perform at a level I never thought possible!” Over the years Jeanne and I have kept in touch and my husband and I were honored when she accepted the invitation to perform at our wedding. She is a talented professional musician and I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to study under her.

Jennifer and her clarinet teacher Ms. Jeanine York Garesche.

Music brings a lot of joy to my life and I want my daughter Lillian to grow up appreciating music and having opportunities to express herself musically. So I enrolled Lillian in Kindermusik classes at the CMS when she was 8 months old. Lillian and I enjoy going to class together and we both love her teacher, Ms. Jeanne Magee! “Ms. Jeanne is outstanding! It is clear she is passionate about music and is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to child development. She is warm and welcoming and makes learning fun.” Jeanne has a beautiful voice, supports my blog and is one of the sweetest people I have ever met! I consider her a mommy mentor and a friend.

Lillian and her Kindermusik teacher Ms. Jeanne Magee.

A busy life as a full time mommy, part time educational consultant and active musician have sadly made it challenging for me to continue taking clarinet lessons. Even though I don’t currently study privately, when I perform with the Saint Louis Wind Symphony or the Northwinds Concert Band, I continue to apply what Jeanine taught me. If I ever slow down I hope to study with Jeanine again some day. Lillian has learned to keep a steady beat, recognize loud and soft and often sings the songs or does the dances she has learned in Ms. Jeanne’s class. Lillian is three so we get to enjoy two more years of Kindermusik at the CMS! I will always be grateful to the CMS and their dedicated teachers for providing me and my daughter with quality music instruction.

Teachers often don’t get the opportunity to hear how they have changed lives. So I challenge each of you to take the time to write a note or send an email to a teacher who impacted your life. Let your child’s teacher know how much you appreciate the work they do or encourage your child to write a note or draw a picture. As a former teacher I valued those personal notes far more than any of the lotion, scented candles or coffee mugs I received!

12 thoughts on “Two Noteworthy Teachers “Changing Lives Through Music”

  1. This made me want to thank all my past teachers who touched my life. Thanks for sharing! And I’m also a Missouri girl and my extended family is all from STL.

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  2. I love this! I had some really wonderful teachers as a child. I remember every single one and as an adult have made it a point to contact or visit them to let them know the difference they made.

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  3. My boys are in preschool and we took the time during this teacher’s appreciation week to let them know the impact they have on our boys. What a great idea for a post this week. Teachers are superstars!

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  4. I actually had the opportunity to connect with a former teacher yesterday and share how she impacted my life. Love reading these kind of great stories!

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  5. Aww this is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing! I sometimes think that some people just do not realize how amazing they really are!


  6. What a beautiful tribute to two deserving educators! I was a teacher before becoming a SAHM so I know that you don’t get into the profession for recognition, but a small “thank you” goes a long way. This is very a thoughtful way to acknowledge how these teachers have impacted your lives!


  7. What a lovely tribute to two wonderful teachers. I agree that music can play a very important role in a person’s life, whether child or adult. For children, there are many connections between music and academics. As a teacher, I always felt that children were so fortunate when their parents gave them the opportunity to explore music through private music lessons (piano, etc.), school bands, and youth choirs.

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