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Love Who You Teach

March 9, 2024

I don’t know who Dr. Brad Johnson is, but those are some wise words there.

It’s no secret that I love teaching piano lessons.

It’s amazing how much of my life revolves around music: singing my heart out on Sunday mornings with the church praise band (whether I’m on stage or out in the congregation), teaching piano lessons Mondays through Wednesdays, and all the songwriting I get to do the rest of the week in between all my other duties.

It’s so much fun teaching that joy to students who have ranged from age 4 to age 80, with all their different abilities and personalities.

I’ve said this a few times before and I’ll say it again: I am one lucky ducky.

About Marie de Haan

Marie is a gifted pianist, playing since the age of nine. As a teenager, she composed mainly instrumental piano music. She released her powerful debut single, “I Am Broken,” on October 22, 2020, a song whose creation drew heavily upon the trauma she endured as a victim of childhood sexual abuse. Marie held a benefit concert on September 10, 2021, in Skagit County. A portion of the proceeds went to CrossRoads Youth Ranch; this local organization—through equine therapy—empowers “at-risk and sexually exploited youth to heal, grow, and thrive.” She has continued to write music: Christian, folk, and country. Marie loves hiking, gardening, and photography. The Pacific Northwest—where she lives with her husband—is the backdrop for her favorite activities.