3 Things My Mother Taught Me


3 Things My Mother Taught Me - Life Lessons for Successful Teaching

My mother taught me many things, but there are 3 important life lessons that my mother taught me for successful teaching that I want to share with you.

My mother and I on Mother's Day in 1973. A mere 30 plus years ago. Somehow my heart told me to share this with you.

Many Blessings to you and your family.

Before I share the 3 things my mother taught me, I’d like to tell you a little bit about her. My mother Rosabel was an amazing woman, I am truly missing her.

Rosabel was  passionate about music. She was not a professional teacher, singer or concert performer, however, she was passionate about music and education.

Rosabel sang in the church choir (that’s where she met my dad, plus she loved his blue eyes... *sigh*), she played the violin and later in life she took up the accordion.

3 Things My Mother Taught Me

The first thing my mother taught me was the "Love of Learning and Sharing Music."

She was encouraging as I began my piano and theory studies, proud of my accomplishments at festivals and exams. She was insistent that I complete my studies with formal training and professional teachers.

The second thing my mother taught me was “Yes I can be an Inspiring Teacher”.

I was encouraged to begin teaching at the age of 16 while continuing my studies and finally attaining my ARCT. My mother taught me about the importance of Never Ending Professional Development. NEPD she called it. She had more degrees, certification courses, professional development certificates than I could ever dream of having.

She NEVER stopped learning. In fact she was still taking accordion lessons at the age of 77 and performing with her "Pembina Players", a small group of "senior" musicians that she organized into an "orchestra". They performed regularly and sometimes even had 2 gigs in one day... lol.

The third and most important thing my mother Rosabel taught me was to "Always Have a Dream."

Mother Taught Me - Glory St. Germain and mom RosabelSeveral years ago, my mother began loosing her battle to breast cancer, but she continued to share her dream and encouraged me to share mine.  Much of my early writings in the Ultimate Music Theory Series were written while she sat beside me reading a book, just being in the same room with me while I wrote, so I wouldn’t feel alone.  Then later as I sat with her in the hospital, she encouraged me to keep writing, asking what I had accomplished that day and how I thought my workbooks would help teachers and encourage their students to study music.

She said, "Glory, Always Have a Dream."

Rosabel's many accomplishments were not just in music, she was also a business owner of several dress shops and retail outlets, an entrepreneur, a fabulous grandmother, mother and very dear friend.  In her passing, I came across a poem on a small piece of paper that she had kept on the wall in her apartment.  I treasure that poem and I carry it with me in my wallet to this day.  I want to share it with you.

Always have a Dream
Forget about the days when it’s been cloudy,
But don’t forget your hours in the SUN…
Forget about the times you’ve been defeated,
but don’t forget the VICTORIES you’ve won…

Forget about mistakes that you can’t change now,
but don’t forget the lessons that you’ve LEARNED…
Forget about misfortunes you’ve encountered,
but don’t forget the times your LUCK has turned…

Forget about the days when you have been lonely,
but don’t forget the friendly SMILES you’ve seen…
Forget about the plans that didn’t seem to work out right,
but don’t forget to ALWAYS HAVE A DREAM…

Author -Larry S. Chengges

Glory St. Germain ARCT with mom My mom Rosabel presenting me with a musical Grand Piano in Celebration of attaining my ARCT RMT.

Always Have a Dream.

I want to share my dream of helping you continue with NEPD (Never Ending Professional Development) through the Ultimate Music Theory Certification Course.

The Ultimate Music Theory Certification Course is designed for YOU, so you too can Always Have a Dream and continue your Never Ending Professional Development.

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P.S.  I know my mom would be very proud of me today.  And I am very proud of you.  I am blessed to call you my friend.  Please share what your mother, father or mentor has taught you.


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Glory St. Germain


3 thoughts on “3 Things My Mother Taught Me”

  • Heather Revell says:

    Glory, this is so heartwarming. Thankyou for sharing and inspiring me. My mother was was biggest cheerleader.

  • Linda says:

    This is a beautiful post to not only your mom to the Mom’s everywhere. She sounds like the best of the best Mom’s ever. I think we do look to our Moms, and Dads, for these great positive inspirations and very important things learned. I find myself often quoting my Mom also. Saying things like “Mom taught us…”. Experiences with all the meaningful things in life. The “Always Have a Dream” is just perfectly stated. An influencer of the best kind.

    • Glory St. Germain says:

      Thank you Linda, yes – I love the “Always Have a Dream” poem. I still carry it with me in my wallet to this day. A powerful message for all of us.

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