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Dr. Lucas Tappan is a conductor and organist whose specialty is working with children. He lives in Kansas with his wife and two sons.
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“It was a riveting adventure to move by degrees into the mysterious world of the Liturgy which was being enacted before us and for us there on the altar. It was becoming more and more clear to me that here I was encountering a reality that no one had simply thought up, a reality that no official authority or great individual had created. […] Not everything was logical. Things sometimes got complicated and it was not always easy to find one’s way. But precisely this is what made the whole edifice wonderful, like one’s own home.”
— Josef Cardinal Ratzinger (“Milestones” pp. 19-20) 1997

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My Personal Lesson Plan for Training Probationers
published 3 November 2015 by Lucas Tappan

LMT Lesson Plan CASE YOU ARE INTERESTED, I thought I would post my entire set of lesson plans I use for training our Probationers, who are generally children in the 3rd and 4th grade with very little (if any) musical training:

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I am leaving the lessons exactly as they are simply because I don’t have enough time to go through and clean them up right now. Also know that I always plan for more than I have time, so I don’t always get to everything in one lesson. I work with the Probationers for an entire year, so I have plenty of time to extend a lesson over two weeks, focus on music for the Christmas program or make allowance for any number of interruptions that might befall us. For the most part, you should be able to follow them, but if you have questions, please feel free to email me.

On another note, Jeff told me I should share the good news with everyone that my wife and I are expecting our third child, a girl, in the next week-and-a-half. Any prayers you would like to offer up for my wife, the baby and a safe and easy delivery would be greatly appreciated.