California Educator

February/March 2020

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W H E N S A M M I E F L A N Z B A U M first got into music as a child, it was a place where she could be herself and express her feelings without words. Glenda Bartell was a shy middle school student when she discovered the love of music and found a home in a band. "Feeling like I was part of a community is what kept me going," says Bartell. Now, both women share the magic of music with students every day as music educators — Flanzbaum at Pleasant Hill Middle School and Bartell at Brea Junior High School. Along with dedicated music educators across the state, they introduce students to music composition, teach them how to play a variety of instruments, and help them realize what they're capable of accomplishing with practice and dedication. "Music education is a place for kids to have a creative outlet, a safe place to be comfortable and grow," says Flanzbaum, a member of Mt. Diablo Education Association. "And when I see the magic and excitement of them figuring it out for themselves, it's a rewarding experience for both of us — because they did it and I provided them with the tools they needed to do it." Educator Jim Hahn (bottom right) has been sharing the magic of music with students for more than 37 years. Music in Our Schools Teaching life lessons through the power of music By Julian Peeples 32 feature

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