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The Joy of Teaching

March 19, 2024

I talked about “loving who you teach” a few posts ago.

The wonderful thing is, my piano students love me right back. How cool is that?

This cutie’s middle name is “Joy,” and that describes her to a T. Her face lights up every time she walks through my door for her lesson.

Not only that, she went to three stores to find me a little finger puppet just for funsies. We named him “Gus Grumpypants” together and he “helps” me teach her and all the other students.

Here we are twinning at the local Tulip Festival Concert last April.🌷

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.