For Mary, teaching music became “one of my major callings in life,” and is a reason that she sees such great potential in Madison.
“I love her focus and her perseverance. After having taught for so many years, I have had a lot of talented kids come through these doors.” Many, Mary said, do possess talent but little desire. “But then there are those who truly love music, and Madison is one of those kids. She is a life-time lover of music,
“She is learning a love of music, which is important, but there also comes a discipline. She is learning that she has to work hard and practice to be able to play the way she wants.”
which is really exciting.”
Already learning music reading and theory, Madison plays both the fiddle and classical violin.
“Sometimes,” Madison said, “you get really frustrated because it’s hard to learn new notes.” Manipulating her small hands on the strings can be a challenge, but she never seems to lose focus.
“That’s what makes her special,” Mary said. “She never fusses or complains. She loves her music so much that nothing seems too hard for her.”
For those who meet the poised, polite little girl for the first time,
MansfieldNOW May 2008