Teaching Music Is My Livelihood

Paul’s Story
I grew up in a restaurant family. My mother and father served everyone, from the common man to Hollywood legends and heads of state. They simply loved to bring a smile to the faces of those who entered their restaurant. I always figured that I would follow in their footsteps. I simply didn’t have much skill at sports. In school, I was the definition of average.

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Storytelling Is My Livelihood

Mary’s Story
Ever since I was a child, storytelling has been a part of my life. Back then, it was an escape from getting into trouble—but usually the opposite happened. Having spent quite a bit of time in the coat closet at elementary school for “stretching the truth of a situation,” one would think I would have given up on this venture. Many were the times when the priests would lecture me in the confessional—guess it just didn’t soak in!Mary Henning

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Music Is My Livelihood

Barbara’s Story
I have no specific memory of an early decision to play music, no inspiring moment that changed my life, no one person who encouraged me to pursue music as a profession. Instead I remember the kindness of a long succession of church ladies who freely gave piano lessons to the pastor’s kids. I remember my mother’s patience as she put up with hours of piano practice, and later, allowed my brothers to start a rock band in our basement. In our home, music was never a special luxury; it was simply part of life. I would go directly from arguing with my brother to playing duets with him. Growing up without a television encouraged me and my five siblings to play creatively. We sang together, made up nonsense games together, performed together, and not for a moment did we think it was unique or special.

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Teaching the Humanities Is My Livelihood

Leonard’s Story
From as far back as I can remember, I wanted to be a lawyer. Only in the second semester of my senior year as an undergraduate did my resolve begin to waiver.

I had applied to law schools and to graduate schools in the classics, which was my major. I was fortunate: I got into almost all of the schools (law and graduate) to which I applied.

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