I had just typed the title to this post when Vincent came up beside me, read it and asked, “Who’s this post about?” I asked him a question, “Who is the most magical person you know?” No hesitation: “Miss Beth.” There you have it. Beth Magill teaches both my boys penny whistle. She is passionate, open-hearted, gentle, and yes, some would say magical. Her lessons are the highlight of our week for many reasons. Beth also teaches Andrea’s kids. We all camp out at her house for about 2 hours every Wednesday while we catch up, knit and rotate the kids in and out. It is a wonderful way to mark the middle of the week. (You can read Beth’s take on our weekly version of “Occupy” here.)
Each child has a 20-30 minute private session with Beth. The sounds that emanate from behind the closed door range from shrill squeaks, to snatches of a recognizable melody to lively tunes that make you want to dance a jig. Beth’s enthusiasm for each child’s progress is unbridled. Listening to her engage with them, you would think not only is your child the best whistler to ever play “Hot Cross Buns” but that they also invented the tune and composed the music. Somehow, this effusive praise is never delivered with anything other than a pure heart and a genuine spirit. Under such light, we have seen our children grow musically in ways we never imagined possible.
I feel blessed to be able to drive to town every Wednesday and have my children sit and play with Beth. The good news is, you can too – no matter where you live. She is now offering lessons via Skype. If you are wanting to bring music into your everyday life, contact Beth by emailing her (beth at magills dot net) or by checking out her blog.
** Just a note: I am in no way compensated or rewarded by Beth’s tireless efforts to populate the world with penny whistles. She is a friend, a dear friend, and a resource I think everyone should know about.