Touching and sweet, this poem is a perfect tribute to any school music teacher! Perfectly orchestrated in sentiment, it can be copied onto any card or even blown up to poster size to frame and hang in the classroom. Feel free to customize it (change the font, size etc. or fill in the text with his or her name, add or subtract or just change ‘her’ to ‘his’ and ‘she’ to ‘he’ if that’s the case! A beautiful way to honor this very special and yet often overlooked teacher. A perfect present from you, your class or even the entire staff that sings it just right!
Take a peek at the first two of six verses...
The Gentle Maestro
By Pam Sechrest
Tap-tap-tap…gently, the music teacher raises her baton to the day. The sheet music on the stand in front of her is blank. She knows there are notes to be hung and lyrics to be placed. A beautiful song will be written and sung by the closing of her day's curtain. She’s not worried. She knows there are hundreds of notes to be placed, each with its’ own unique sound, pitch and length. Ah, the maestro takes a deep breath as she prepares to conduct the daily performance. An unwritten song that sings itself but, must be paced in tempo, rhythm, and beat so that all the notes can be heard.
She loves the whole notes; notes she has held longer than the others, half notes, quarter notes and those tiny little eighth notes. As she conducts, there are times that she must honor the pauses, the rests, the stops. You see, she know a beautiful song must include variety and pacing, for a song worth singing and listening to must include this patient orchestration. Indeed, she does pause, rest, and listen to the notes for she knows that they are the ones who fill the sheet with melody, not the conductor….