From the President

by Lisa Schoen

March 2021

Dear SongWorks Educators,

Are you starting to feel like you’re seeing the light at the end of the tunnel? I was out for a walk with my husband yesterday and noticed that the 30 degree afternoon wasn’t feeling so cold. It’s staying lighter later in the day here in Minnesota. People are getting vaccines. Children are coming back to the school buildings with crinkly, smiling eyes, and they are bubbling with joy to be with their friends and teachers again. My fairy light tree is twinkling here on my school desk. I am feeling happier and more hopeful. The dark days seem to be subtly giving way to light. 

Do you need some reasons to be cheerful? We’ve had many exciting things going on in our organization lately! Nathan Daniels and Alice Nordquist have been working tirelessly on our SWEA website and it is looking incredible. Check it out! Marilyn Winter has been steadily adding lesson ideas to our Sturdy Songs in the Members Access section of the website. Not a member yet? The sturdy song lessons are just one of many benefits to membershipJake Harkins hosted an incredible SongWorks in Practice workshop in February that brought in over 90 attendees (yes, you read that correctly!), and over a hundred more that registered to receive the recording! Betty Phillips has been busily negotiating all of the details for our SongWorks Certification Courses set to happen in Utah, Wisconsin and Texas this summer! The faculty members for these courses have been diligently preparing and fine tuning their lesson plans. And Aimee Newman has been working around the clock to craft a lovely virtual conference, filled with inspiring presentations you won’t want to miss. I hope you will register to join us on April 8, 9, and 10!

Those who know me well know that my head is filled with a constant buzz of song lyrics, and those lyrics often seem to match my mindset. The past week, “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles has been on repeat for me. I hope we can all experience some sunny days (literally and figuratively!) in the weeks ahead.

Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces.
Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here.

Here comes the sun do, do, do.
Here comes the sun,
And I say it’s all right.


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