You may remember that this past summer Jana attended a teacher training seminar for early childhood music education. The seminar provides her certification for teaching Music Together courses but they recommend (actually require whenever possible) that people get additional training by doing a sort of assistant teaching stint for a current Music Together program. There is such a program here in Lake Forest and Jana had contacted them about such a possibility for the fall. Nothing worked out and there seemed to be a lack of interest on their part.
Nevertheless, Jana renewed contact with them recently and they have been surprisingly positive about the possibility of her assisting one of their teachers this spring. They’ve also seemed much more helpful–taking initiative to contact Jana and even trying to help Jana get a free set of teaching materials. I suppose their change in attitude might have something to do with the fact that she made sure to clarify that she’s not looking for any compensation.
We’re hoping that this kind of early childhood music education is one way Jana might be able to get to know people in the community when we return to Slovakia.