Meet Female Composer Shannon

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by Angie Mack Reilly

The video below says it all.  Shannon and I go way back from when she was in grade school at a small private school in Saukville, WI.

Shannon wanted to learn how to play the piano.  “Young Shannon” seemed extremely eager to play……more than most of the other students  I have met.  Taking her lead and capturing that moment of her intrigue with the piano, I started teaching her piano theory and before we knew it, she was improvising and playing.  She caught on very quickly and practiced often on her own initiative.

Shannon and I parted ways, as most teachers and students do.  However, we were able to connect again when she got older (as a lot of my former students and I do).

She began sharing some of her original compositions with me.  I was struck by how raw they were.  She played piano with such a fierceness that I hadn’t seen in any other female other than myself.  All that I can say is authentic passion. WOW!

I love empowering young people to express themselves!  It’s a skill that ends up sticking with them for the rest of their lives!

One of my favorite things to teach is songwriting and composing.  Why just PLAY a song when you can CREATE the song?

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