Today, I am grateful that my students are alive. They are safe. They came today to play their recital pieces. They made beautiful music today. And they will continue to make more music over the course of the coming year. They have that opportunity. They will become better and better at classical piano as time goes on. Some will become music teacher's themselves. Others will be sure their children take piano lessons.
Today, 20 beautiful children were denied those opportunities. Were any of them preparing for a Christmas recital this weekend? Did they know how many days there are until Christmas like my students did today? Were they going to practice piano after school today? Were they going to go shopping for a beautiful new Christmas outfit tonight? Would one of them have become a piano teacher?