1. How long have you been teaching at Metro Music Makers, and what do you teach?
I've been teaching piano with Metro Music Makers for about 10 months.
2. What is your first musical memory?
I remember my mom singing to me and playing "Somewhere over the Rainbow" on piano. She was my first musical inspiration!
3. What was the first album you bought?
The Backstreet Boys or NSYNC on CD. They were the guilty pleasure of every 90s kid.
4. Who are you listening to right now?
It's kind of embarrassing, but I'm listening to the Final Fantasy 7 Remake Soundtrack. It's amazing to hear the themes I so loved and played on the piano as a kid be revamped.
5. Why do you love teaching?
Each day offers a new and exciting challenge to inspire a love for music in others while growing in my own musicianship.
6. Who inspires you as a musician?
I'm inspired by a friend and old college classmate who is currently killing it in the Kansas City music scene. Her joy for creating music is evident to anyone who hears her perform. She is a reminder that the joy of music making should always be a priority, and it's why I became a musician in the first place.
7. What musical accomplishment are you most proud of?
I'm really proud when I remember the first time I performed publicly. Despite dealing with severe performance anxiety, I performed a piece I wrote for my brother at his graduation in front of a very large crowd.
8. Tell me about one of your best moments as a teacher.
One time a student told me "After I finished playing, I said 'Thank you, Schubert, for writing such a beautiful piece.'" Seeing the growth of artistry and sensitivity to be touched by a beautiful piece of music is so rewarding to see—especially if it's a piece or style of music that a student may not originally have given the time of day!
9. What’s the latest in your own music world?
I recently finished my certification in First Steps in Music and Conversational Solfege, a sound to sight approach to music literacy, and I am currently working on improving my ukulele skills.
10. What’s the latest in your world outside of music?
What world outside of music? Kidding. I've recently gotten into Escape Rooms but due to the pandemic, I've been trying out the at-home versions. So far I have completed five different "Escape Rooms in a Box." Bring on the logic puzzles!