30 Day Challenge – Getting Back to the Music


The last 6 weeks or so have been very busy. My 30 day challenge for October fell apart somewhere around October 20th and I decided that it would be futile to try to do a challenge in November. I am ready to give it another go, partially because I have been thinking of my December challenge since September.

I am a musician, even though that is not what I spend most of my time doing now. I started playing music when I was 7 or 8 years old. The first instrument I wanted to play was the guitar, but before I could get going with guitar lessons, a man from an accordion studio (yes – you read that correctly) came knocking at my parents door and before I knew it,  I was studying the accordion. That is where it all started.

The summer before  junior high school, I decided I wanted to play the flute (accordion is not really a band instrument). When I announced that I wanted to play the flute, it was pointed out to me that all the girls wanted to play the flute and maybe I should consider something else – so I did.  I chose the saxophone – best decision ever. I played both classical and jazz throughout high school and college.  I started at CSULB as a saxophone performance major and graduated with a Bachelors of the Arts in Music and a Certificate in Music Therapy.

I have played a lot of music in my lifetime. I played in a band that backed up a group of impressionist (think Patsy Cline and drunk Elvis),  big bands, new music ensembles, jazz combos, marching bands, wind symphony, cover bands and  once, a duet with a saw player. I gave saxophone lessons for 12 years, was an assistant band director and worked as a music therapist for 12 years prior to becoming a progarm director.  I maintain my board certificaiton in Music Therapy, even though I am currently not practicing.

Music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, but life has become busy and I seldom make time for music. Music is a powerful force in my life when I make time for  it. I need to figure out how to make time for it.  

During the month of December, my challenge is to make time for music every day. December is another busy month, but I know that taking time out for music will help me survive the holiday season with my sanity (at least I hope it will).

Find Your Om Balance – Terri



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