1) “Piano is the foundation of all other instruments. Learn to play the piano, and any other instrument you want to learn will be so much easier.” -Hazel Rankin
Sue treasured this piece of advice from Mrs. Rankin. Not only did Sue master the piano, but she also studied the viola, oboe, bell lyre, organ, violin, fiddle, accordion, lap dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, cello, and harp.
Hazel Rankin, Sue’s piano teacher
2) “Music will open doors and take you places you would not go otherwise.” -Hazel Rankin
Sue took advantage of the doors that opened for her throughout her musical education and career, soaking in the learning opportunities and travel experiences.
Sue received a full scholarship to Hidden Valley Music Camp in Carmel Valley, California, and she studied music with The Governor’s Honors Program at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. She also was involved with The Swannanoa Gathering in Swannanoa, North Carolina, first as a participant and then as an instructor.
Sue served as the music director and pianist for the production of Hair at Theatre Macon in Macon, Georgia. She was a pit orchestra member with The Mule Barn Summer Theatre in Tarkio, Missouri. Sue also served as pianist, choir accompanist, and leader of the World Beat Band at Jubilee Community Church, among many other performance and instructional opportunities.
3) “No one is ever glad they stopped learning the piano. Later in life they always say, ‘I wish my mom hadn’t let me quit. Think where I would be if I’d stuck with it.” -Hazel Rankin
Here are Sue’s thoughts on this piece of advice: “Oh, the joys! The friendships! The cool people! The cool music! The opportunities! The memories! The POSSIBILITIES!”
We must agree with Sue and Mrs. Rankin, and we are thankful Sue never stopped learning the piano!
Lastly, Mrs. Rankin would emphasize her most important point by saying:
4) “Someone may be able to play a beautiful one-hour recital, but in church if they are asked to sight read a hymn or at a party to unexpectedly be asked to play Happy Birthday, they can’t do it. THAT is NOT being a MUSICIAN.” -Hazel Rankin
“So….I perform publicly, can sight read hymns and other music, play Happy Birthday on request, AND play by ear and improvise,” said Sue.
Sue learned many valuable lessons from Mrs. Rankin, and we are so thankful she did! We are excited for her to share these lessons, along with her knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm, with her students here at Turner’s!