Many thanks to Michèle Orzan for sending Harpblog this tribute to her teacher, Jeannine Perrenin-Maublanc, who passed away last June.
It's a shame music teachers are often unsung heroes. Nobody is more essential to a life of or in music, and indeed beyond music too. As Michèle writes, a great teacher will have a profound influence on you professionally and personally. Her tribute reminds me of some more wise words from the pianist and Julliard School Director, Edward Steuermann, who said this in his Julliard convocation address in 1964:
"If you want to understand art, you have to understand the world; in order to understand the world, you have to understand human beings; then you will understand youselves, and that is the key to everything. That will make playing, composing, dancing less an exhibition of unimportant skills in a society game, meeting with more or less approval, blindly climbing up the deceitful ladder of success, but an opening of your heart to the world and the world to your heart. And that is what you came here for, this is what makes music one of the most sublime emanations of the human spirit, that is what makes it worthwhile to devote one's life to it. Looking back on my own life, I recognize my good fortune in having had as my masters some real heroes of music."