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Scholastic Arts Spotlight: Michelle Maginn

There's an outstanding young clarinetist at Livonia High School who is determined to share her passion for music.
There's an outstanding young clarinetist at Livonia High School who is determined to share her passion for music.

Michelle Maginn's love of music was nurtured in her own family. Her father just retired after 32 years of teaching music.

"The reaction he got after he retired was amazing," Maginn said. "All the kids coming up to him, telling him what an impact he made on their lives, so I want to be able to do that when I get older."

Michelle takes advantage of every opportunity to play music at Livonia High School. From the wind ensemble to the jazz band, pit orchestra and chorus.

"She is just self-motivated, rises to every occasion, seeks out new challenges and is just a fantastic player," Livonia High School band director Andrew Lawton said.

Michelle plays clarinet, saxophone and piano. She has routinely been selected to take part in conference all-state and all-county ensembles. Like her father, she loves to teach. She has taken on private students in music.

"It's great when you teach somebody something and they actually get it and work hard and produce what you've been teaching them," Maginn said. "It's the greatest feeling."

Michelle plans to study music education in college. If music is her true passion, teaching music is her true gift.
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