Have you seen or heard about Emily Bear? My sister told me about her several weeks ago, but I forgot to check out the links until just recently. Start off by watching this inspiring news story:
Here’s another video I found that has a compilation of many of her original compositions:
One thing that inspires me about this story is the part that Emily’s teachers have played in the development of her God-given talent. Even though she is obviously a gifted musician, it’s clear from her playing that she has also received excellent instruction that has propelled her further along than she would otherwise be.
Emily’s caliber as a musician is far above even the naturally gifted students that most of us teach, but I still see this as a challenge to recognize the talents and abilities that my students do possess, and urge them toward higher levels of excellence in their studies. Every student has untapped potential; it’s exciting as a teacher to help them discover that potential and catch a vision for what they can accomplish with the musical gifts that God has given them!