It is a pleasure for me to recognize the accomplishments of my Mother, Eunice Schumpert, and to honor her for her part in the founding of Schumpert Music Services. Eunice, as shown above is pictured shortly after her 86th birthday. She passed away at the age of 95 in 2017. Until the last couple of years of her life, she looked and acted amazingly young and she continued to teach piano in her home until she was 94 years old in Portales, New Mexico, where she lived most of her life. She had taught piano, voice and organ since before she began her college education. When one speaks of Eunice Schumpert in Portales, it seems that everyone in town had either taken lessons from her, or had a relative who had taken lessons from her, or perhaps she had played or sung at their wedding or at a friend's funeral. Her reputation was so profound in Portales that there were literally hundreds of people at her funeral at the First Baptist Church.
In addition to being the organist at the First Baptist Church for 40 years, she served as a Piano Guild Audition Judge for many years in the State of New Mexico. She was an honorary, life-time member of the New Mexico Music Teacher's Association and was on one occasion selected as the "Teacher of the Year" for the entire State of New Mexico. She was truly a "Master Teacher". Concerning the number of her students which received the Guild rating of "Critic Circle" each year, she had a record which is virtually unmatched. She also had a gift for being able to diagnose and correct vocal problems and was instrumental in producing amazing vocal improvements in numersous vocal students through the years. Her unique manner of teaching piano (1) sightreading and the teaching of (2) note recognition through her creative flashcard system are the foundations of this Studio's piano instructional methods.
There are many other accomplishments which could be listed. One of her more unusual experiences was the time when she organized and directed a traveling, all-girl choir during World War II. It was during this time that she first performed the Irish song, "Danny Boy", which so caught the hearts of the people of Portales that she had been asked to sing it again and again through out her life. Dr. Golden, the first President of the Eastern New Mexico University in Portales heard her sing that song and provided an amazing music scholarship for her. It was at E.N.M.U. that my Mother met my Father, Billy Schumpert, who was the Student President of the first graduating class at that college. Also, when she was living in Roswell, New Mexico, she and two other ladies produced and sold may copies of a inspirational record which featured them in trio form. As a result of their amazing vocal blend in this record, they were in great demand to sing in churches and meetings for quite some time.
I have fond menories of the many times that my mother would put me on her lap at the piano when I was just young todler and we would have our first little short "piano lessons". Though she was tired from a long day of teaching, it was not unusual for her to go back into her Studio after supper and simply enjoy playing and singing for her own self-enjoyment. It was to these beautiful sounds that I often remember drifting off to sleep all through middle school and high school. She always considered music to be very important and she felt that it should enjoyed by everyone. I believe it is truthful to say that without the musical influence of my Mother upon my life, I would very likely have never become a private music teacher myself. It is a privilage to honor her on this Studio web site which is, in a very real sense, an outgrowth of her musical influence. If there is anything that sets the Schumpert Piano Services apart from other typical music instruction Studios, it is the experience and inspiration which I have gained from the time-tested methods of instruction of Eunice Schumpert, my beloved Mother. It is now my privilage and challenge to carry on her legacy.