Kaelly C.

Wolfville, Nova Scotia


First Licensed Music Teacher in N.S.

My great-great grandmother Hilda Hocken Crowe was the first licensed music teacher in Nova Scotia. She lived to 105 years. She taught in several schools plus she taught private piano lessons.



What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

I think it was the fact that she had a very hard and stressful life even with the fact that she had a good job she liked. She had to nurse her parents and even her husbends parents. She had two children that died before her. She had to live with other people in the town one at a time. I think one of the things that made her happy was going to her favourite camp.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

I learned that I had a great great grandmother that had the first music licence of Nova Scotia. She had such a part in history in my eyes. I now know she had a hard life, child and adult. And most of all,I learned my family had a big part in the history of Nova Scotia because of Hilda, even if she's not on the internet or books, or even the whole world know her name, and I wish I could of met this amazing woman.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

From what I learned it was a lot harder then! The best jobs you could get only paid you 250 dollars a year! She had to wear a dress, no dating and no parties to keep her job. I think that was one of the reasons she had a stressful life.