1. What instrument/s do you teach?
The instruments I mainly teach are piano and violin. I also teach beginning clarinet, guitar, ukulele, viola, and a little voice lessons.
2. How old were you when you started playing?
I taught myself piano when I was in the 8th grade. In high school, I started taking piano and violin lessons.
3. What’s the most rewarding thing about being a music teacher?
The most rewarding thing about being a music teacher is seeing my students grow in their music abilities. Students sometimes feel they won’t ever be able to understand their instrument or a certain music concept. However with practice, my students start to realize what they are capable of. That realization from students is also very rewarding.
4. What’s the most challenging thing about being a music teacher?
Students learn in many different ways, so the most challenging thing for me sometimes is trying to find out what works for each student as an individual. Also, finding time to practice/play my own instruments can be challenging because I’m always teaching! 🙂
5. If you were not a musician, what other occupation would you have chosen?
I think about this question sometimes and honestly, I have no idea. If I had to guess, I would probably be a chef or have some kind of job working with animals. When I was little, I wanted to be a pizza girl and a marine biologist.
6. What is your favorite genre of music, and why?
I really enjoy movie scores. I think it’s really cool that you can picture a movie/movie scene from the music alone. The speed or mood of the music tells the story. No words needed!
7. Your hobby:
Some of my hobbies are cooking and reading.
8. Favorite color:
Purple. Purple everything.
9. Favorite food:
My favorite is between chicken and seafood!
10. Share one fun fact about yourself:
I really enjoy international markets because I can try different foods from around the world I never knew existed. Some of my favorite things to pick up are Japanese candy/snacks!