From the CD liner: "This album is dedicated to my wife, Bonnie, and my sons, Kendall and Kevin -- with thanks for letting me share my love with my students all these years -- and to all teachers and caregivers who truly love children as fully human beings, not untouchable icons of purity and innocence."
"Like so many teacher-composers before me, I wrote many didacticlittle pieces for young students. I tried to capture a bit of each student's personality, while helping him or her with a particular pianistic problem. I didn't appreciate the 'depth' of any of the pieces until years later when other students seemed to enjoy playing them, and until the students for whom they were written (now adults) spoke so warmly of them."
"I didn't spend a lot of time and money in an effort to make the performances "perfect." Most of the pieces were recorded in one or two takes. I enjoy the sense of continuity more than I dislike the flaws. My thanks go to Sid Fendley and Cliff Yost at C&D Studio for helping me, and for letting me play their Yamaha C7."
--Michael Mauldin, 1997