Ann Bakken has been a music teacher for 23 years – the last 20 at Burnsville’s Nicollet Middle School. Those who know her best say she has an unrelenting passion for building creativity, confidence and focus in students through music.
This past fall, Burnsville School Resources Officer Beverly Price had a conversation with Bakken, something the two say is an almost daily occurrence, to talk about school, the music program and music in general.
During this conversation, Price learned that Bakken was worried she would not be able to provide enough instruments to her students for the upcoming school year. “Out of the three years I’ve been here (as a school resources officer), I’ve never seen Ann in this kind of a discouraged place,” said Price in a statement.
“Part of that was because she had so many students, and not enough instruments to put in their hands.”
Price decided she wanted …