17 years ago a dream began in my heart to start a music school that would be for people of all ages, abilities and income levels. I was able to follow my dream and started Foundation Music School, a non-profit community school of the arts in Fort Collins, CO. The school began very organically and now serves over 500 students in-house and another 1,000 students through outreach programs. My joy is in the fact that Foundation Music School is able to serve all interested individuals through a robust scholarship program, a vibrant music therapy program and many other high-quality music opportunities.
In June of 2015, I stepped down as the school’s director and turned the reigns over to new leadership. I chose to do this so that I could focus on my family more, which grew in July of the same year with the birth of my 3rd child. While leaving Foundation Music School was difficult, moving away from Colorado this year to live closer to family in Illinois has been an even greater challenge. I truly love my family, but the friends and community that I left behind are irreplaceable.
The past 5 months I have focused entirely on getting my children situated in their new community and schools. I love that my children are so flexible and excited about their new surroundings! I, on the other hand, have fought my new life relentlessly. I have wasted so much time plotting how to get my old life back. Well, enough is enough! I have finally decided that I need to move forward and have a new beginning.
So here I am, 5 months into a new community, a new home, a new everything and I am going back to my roots, my first love: piano. While directing Foundation Music School, I was able to maintain a studio of about 20 piano students, however I was not able to invest as much as I wanted into planning and preparing my lessons. I am excited to be able to focus more on developing sound lesson plans for my students and providing a solid musical foundation for my new crop of students.
So here’s to a new beginning! Let the journey begin!