Friday, August 16, 2013

Lovely note from Leslie Regenold

I was very touched by this lovely note from former student Leslie Regenol.

 I was thinking about Renee and you this morning. Could you please
tell Renee that I think of her often, because of the difference that
she made in my life, and the lives of many students that I teach now.

I was going through a bad time, when I saw Renee for a few lessons.
Just a few lessons, but they made a huge difference in my musical
(vocal) approach.

I was working on songwriting at the time, with a background in
music composition.  (I have a degree in that.)

A small town in Missouri, (I still live in Ar..right on the edge!)
had a sudden opening for their music teacher...(for the entire school.)
and they hired me.

This is my third year and I because certified (I wasn't certified) in
instrumental music k-12 (what I studied in college) And
vocal music k-12 (RENEE). 

I have wonderful students (about 150) that I never would have
had the confidence to teach (vocally especially)  if it hadn't been
for Renee..   I think about what I learned from Renee in a very short
period of time, and realize that it was extremely important in helping
me with a teaching style now.

I haven't given up writing, just focusing on this for a while.
While I work every week-day now I still have hopes of having another
lesson with Renee eventually when there is time.   We are off
to a busy start here, but hopefully when there is a break, I will
call you all!!

I hope that you and Renee are doing well, and consider you both
friends.  Please relay this message to Renee, and tell her that I think
of her in friendship and with greatest appreciation.

Renee's musical influence apparently extends very far...and it is
definately extending here, where I am.   I encourage my students
to dream and think big when it comes to music!

I wanted to tell you what I was thinking about this morning and
hope that you two are just doing great.

with fondness and appreciation,
Leslie Regenold


  1. It goes without saying that Renee has played an important role for many people, she is fantastic in her own rights. But I wish sometimes that when everyone is putting all of these little things that mean so much to people singing, that they would also emphasize the writing end as well. For example, the letter above, nearly every paragraph begins with the word "I." I this, I that, I mean, I have, I did, does anyone even know how to write an effective letter these days without using the word I? Doesn't anyone realize how much of a turn off it is to read stuff like that? Oh well.

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    1. It wasn't meant that way at all, Vee.
      Thankyou for the comments and definately
      would revise if I could. Just a note
      from a thankful friend and student.
      Renee is absolutely amazing.