Like everyone, I try not to compare myself to others. But I do. I look around and see music teachers that take themselves too seriously for little people. Kids learn through play. If it's not playful and fun, they don't get hooked. My job, I feel, is to hook them so that they go on to the next level on their own. When I am asked, "How do you know they are learning?" I know they are because I watch them play and experience and explore and enjoy!. I want every kid to look back and remember music as something enjoyable and to be appreciative.
I also find myself needing to create in other ways. I began painting murals for my children's daycare in Marietta, Georgia. I've painted in private homes and school music rooms! I've painted clothing, and now I'm on to more. Recently, I painted on a new platform: wooden planks. I can reproduce most pictures given to me.