Author/Composer Visit -Fort Collins

What a joy it was to share my passion for music with the students at Dunn Elementary today. They were thoughtful, curious, attentive and enthusiastic!  I shared some of what it takes to write and publish a book of songs and produce a CD like Campfire Songs for Modern Kids. We talked about the writing process and how making mistakes can be important to the creative process.  And of course we sang songs together too. Today's playlist:  Ecka Booly, Gimme Some More S'mores, Never Hug a Hibble, There's a House in the Middle of the Town.  I look forward to many more school visits like this one!

What a joy it was to share my passion for music with the students at Dunn Elementary today.
They were thoughtful, curious, attentive and enthusiastic!  I shared some of what it takes to write and publish a book of songs and produce a CD like Campfire Songs for Modern Kids.
We talked about the writing process and how making mistakes can be important to the creative process.  And of course we sang songs together too. Today's playlist:  Ecka Booly, Gimme Some More S'mores, Never Hug a Hibble, There's a House in the Middle of the Town.  I look forward to many more school visits like this one!

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Heather Stenner

Heather Stenner has a passion for life! Her passions play out with music and children of all ages. Heather grew up in the Midwest and realized the importance of each day from a very young age. Her mother was diagnosed with a brain tumor when Heather was only 5. The doctors gave her mother 6 months to live. It was during the next 15 years that Heather developed her charismatic and joyful course for her own life! Her mother showed her strength and courage and an intense compassion for others and their suffering. Her mother passed away when Heather was 20 years old. Heather vowed she would continue to live each day as if it were her last. To treat people with compassion and believe in the love we all share for one another. At the age of 37, she became an orphan. Her father passed away from pancreatic cancer. Through it all, Heather realized that MUSIC was one of her coping mechanisms to deal with all the stress that cancer brought into their families lives. She vowed to share her love of music with children, so that it might also be a positive force in their lives! To this day, Heather creates music that has soul and passion. She hopes everyone will remember with the dawning of each day; we are all musical. Feel it in your soul. Keep it to yourself... or give it away.

The power of suggestion

I am very aware about the words I share with people, especially young people.  They have the whole world at their fingertips and they are just beginning to paint on their own personal canvas called LIFE.  I know the words I say can have a positive or negative impact on their lives.

As a teacher,  I have realized I can have a positive influence on students simply through the power of suggestion.  Asking a student it they've ever considered playing the banjo isn't something you usually talk about over lunch, but it may be all they need to be introduced to something that could become a passion of their for life.   This is why inspiring teachers are so important!   Anyone can be a teacher, but it takes effort to be a teacher who goes the extra mile to inspire their students.

As a parent, I am acutely aware of the fact that what I suggest to my child is not always taken to heart.  Sometimes it even has a negative effect.  If I suggest playing the banjo, one of our children will probably say, "I think YOU want to play the banjo Mom!"  And they are probably right.  (insert smile here)

Over the years, my husband  and I have  worked to expose our children to a wide variety of subject and interests.  Music is not the only thing they can be interested in for goodness sake!

Going to visit a science museum or an aircraft carrier or an archaeological dig are experiences that create an awareness around things they might want to spend time learning about in the future.  

I just know that as adults, we are called on to model interests and behaviors and not just to our children, but the children of our friends and acquaintances.  Kids are always watching us, even if they don't want to admit it.  While they are watching you, go ahead and make a suggestion for them to try it too.  Sometimes all people need is an invitation.

I just wanted to suggest that today.   

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Heather Stenner

Heather Stenner has a passion for life! Her passions play out with music and children of all ages. Heather grew up in the Midwest and realized the importance of each day from a very young age. Her mother was diagnosed with a brain tumor when Heather was only 5. The doctors gave her mother 6 months to live. It was during the next 15 years that Heather developed her charismatic and joyful course for her own life! Her mother showed her strength and courage and an intense compassion for others and their suffering. Her mother passed away when Heather was 20 years old. Heather vowed she would continue to live each day as if it were her last. To treat people with compassion and believe in the love we all share for one another. At the age of 37, she became an orphan. Her father passed away from pancreatic cancer. Through it all, Heather realized that MUSIC was one of her coping mechanisms to deal with all the stress that cancer brought into their families lives. She vowed to share her love of music with children, so that it might also be a positive force in their lives! To this day, Heather creates music that has soul and passion. She hopes everyone will remember with the dawning of each day; we are all musical. Feel it in your soul. Keep it to yourself... or give it away.