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“But there is no way to tell if a child will stick with it,” said Mary Lamb, a classically trained violinist and music instructor at Valerie’s Music Studio in Burleson. After working with Madison for nearly two years, even Mary admitted that Madison owns a passion rare for her age. “It really depends on the child. Girls seem to do a little better than boys, Mary offered, “but it really does depend on the individual child and how motivated they are.”

Certainly, no one understands motivation better than Mary.

“I was in my fourth grade class, minding my own business,” Mary recalled, “when the principal made an announcement about trying out for

strings.” Anyone interested was to report to the cafeteria. Mary thought, “I can get out of class!”

But Mary instantly liked the music teacher and found a special connection to both the music and the violin. By the time Mary was in the eighth grade, she had surpassed the school’s music teacher.

“Our teacher was a conductor,” Mary said, “not an instructor. We had some sixth-graders who didn’t know how to read key signatures so I would help them.”

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