Minnesota School Of Music - May 2019

05. 2019 763-432-9713 www.mnschoolofmusic.com

THE MONTHLY MUSICIAN

3 WOMEN WHO SHAPED OUR SCHOOL THE MOTHERS OF MNSOM

W ith Mother’s Day almost upon us, I’m sure many of our students are planning ways to surprise their moms on that special Sunday. Honestly, with everything mothers do for us, finding the right way in a single day to show these amazing women the gratitude they deserve seems almost impossible. Still, I’d like to give it my best shot. After all, Minnesota School of Music simply would not exist today if it weren’t for the efforts of three incredible mothers. My mother, grandmother, and mother- in-law have provided my family and me with an awe-inspiring amount of support over the years. To this day, they continue to inspire me with their compassion and generosity. Writing this, I can’t help but reflect on the ways each of these incredible women have changed my life for the better. I owe my patience and understanding to my grandmother. The matriarch of the family, she helped raise me and has remained a bedrock of support throughout my life. Whenever I faced challenges, I always knew my grandma would be there to listen. It didn’t matter

how late at night it was or how difficult my questions were, she always took the time to understand and give me the encouragement I needed. Being a very spiritual woman, she always prayed for me. I’m so incredibly blessed to have such a kindhearted, devout person in my life. My mother-in-law, Sue, directly helped with the creation of MnSoM. When I was still teaching at the University of Minnesota, my wife and I lived in a townhome in Club West. My in-laws were our landlords and were kind enough to keep the rent low while I was on a teacher’s salary. But their real kindness shone through when we set out to found our music school. With no income to speak of, Sue and her husband allowed our family to continue to live there, rent-free. This incredible generosity let me focus on getting my vision for MnSoM off the ground. Then there’s my mother. I owe a lot to her, from my life to the roof I currently have over my head. You see, as much as our family appreciated being able to live in that Club West townhome, it was clear in 2014 that we were outgrowing it. My wife and I had two young kids at that point in a home that was all stairs. Our children

did not have any room to play, and the thought of either of them falling and hurting themselves was a constant worry. That’s where my mom stepped in. We were out to dinner with her one night, explaining our concerns about the townhome, when my mother made an incredible offer. She would move in with my grandma, allowing our family to live in her home. We were floored by her generosity. Thanks to her, we could raise our kids in a safe, spacious home with a yard! Now that we have four kids at home, we could not be more thankful for my mother giving us the space we needed. Even today, all three of these women continue to make our day-to-day operations possible. On days when my wife and I both need to be at the school, they all pitch in to help watch our kids. Without their support and guidance, we would not have been able to grow MnSoM to what it is today.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you and Happy Mother’s Day,

–Eric Nehring

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