Green Tea Addict, Life Enthusiast, Ray of Sunshine.
Why does teaching kids music make you happy?
I feel that in my own music education, there were always some gaps that were never filled in my understanding of different theory concepts or reading until I was older and could learn to work those things out on my own or seek out people who could help me. For that reason, teaching makes me happy because I like to help kids understand why something is the way it is and seeing their breakthrough when they understand it invaluable. I believe it’s one thing to know the mechanics of playing a piano or singing but it’s another thing entirely to actually play music and it’s very rewarding showing students how to bridge that gap.
What do you love about teaching at LMS?
I love teaching at Latitude because of the high standards of students, lessons and teachers. I love the community vibe and the fact that I know Rosa genuinely cares about how we are performing as teachers and also how the students are progressing along.
How did you start learning music yourself? And how old were you?
My great grandmothers pianola was passed down to us from my grandparents and mum figured someone needed to learn to play it and so I was put in to lessons when I was 5.
Favourite musician/composer? Who? And why?
I love composers and artists such as Elton John, Billy Joel and Sara Bareilles. I love how you can hear different influences in their music, their story telling through lyrivs I really powerful and their music is just as important as the lyrics.
Favourite music education quote?
“Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learnt to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance. They get a beautiful heart.” - Shinichi Suzuki
Or theatre production that you have been to? I loved The Officer & A Gentleman when I saw it at the Sydney Opera House.
What is your favourite movie?
I don’t think I could pick just one! An all time favourite is Marlee And Me or The Notebook. 8. What makes you laugh out loud? Mildly unfortunate things happening to other people such as them walking in to a pole.
What do you want your students to know about music education or learning an instrument?
That if they can fall in love with the struggle, it’s worth it.
If you could learn to play another instrument, what would it be?
I dabbled in drums once, I’d honestly love to go back to that.
Something your favourite music teacher said to you that has stuck?
“You need to learn to fail more.”
What's the best thing about playing your instrument/s?
I love how diverse the piano is, that it can be melody, accompaniment, or both. The best thing about singing and playing piano is getting to take my brain to a whole new place. I seem to have a calm focus when I play piano, something that I struggle to get in anything else I do.
What do you like doing when you are not teaching music?
Aventures, mentoring , looking after myself through exercise and meditation.