Adding a little music to your life may just be the secret to a long life.

When it comes to music, Moscow Mills, Missouri is much more Chesney than Tchaikovsky- unless you happen to be in Olive Haffner’s neighborhood.

Several days a week, inside her home is a concerto of piano lessons and life lessons.

“I said it’s like reading the bible,” Haffner said. “Every time you read the bible you find something new.”

If experience really is the best teacher, then Ms. Haffner may be the best piano teacher on earth.

She’s been doing it for more than 80 years.

“She really loves what she does,” former student Stephanie Dwiggins said. “She has a passion for it like nothing else.”

Haffner’s passion has been passed on for generations.

“I just love playing, I love learning more about it,” student Michael Fernau said.

Haffner started during the Depression at 25 cents a lesson.
She has been doing it so long now that her first students sent their children to her, and they sent their children, and they sent their children.

There won’t be as many solos at Ms. Haffner’s this week, because former students are stopping by to wish her a happy 100th birthday.

Dwiggins drove all the way from the University of Kansas, where she’s now a music major.

“I think it’s important that she gets all the recognition and celebration that she deserves,” Dwiggins said.

Ms. Haffner said it’s the teaching that keeps her breathing.

Haffner has been striking a chord with students for more than eight decades, and learning that she has no plans to retire is music to their ears.

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