Updated: Nov 5
Q: How did you get started playing the ukulele?
A: I started playing the ukulele during my senior year of high school. Its size and portability, as well as its high-pitched tone (which matches my soft voice), was what really attracted me to this unique instrument. The C chord is easy to learn as it only requires one finger! It’s been fun traveling to Hawai’i twice a year to visit the KoAloha Ukulele factory and play on The Ukulele Site podcast.
Q: What is your favorite piece or composer and why?
A: One of my favorite songs currently is, "Calm Down,” by Jack Johnson. It's a perfect message in an ever changing and fast-paced world. It can be difficult to remember to rest and this song has reminded me to take a break every once in a while and appreciate the little moments.
Q: Why is music important to you?
A: My father is a songwriter, drummer and piano player. He's inspired me to write my own songs and explore music in my own way. I'm grateful to my parents for their encouragement and consistent support. Music just makes sense to me - it's a warm embrace and a best friend. I am also a K-5 vocal music teacher in Ankeny and perform at local restaurants/events during the week.
Q: What is your teaching philosophy? A: Though my teaching philosophy continues to change as I grow as an educator, I tend to focus on 4 main components: encouragement, engagement, environment, and efficiency. I want my students to feel encouraged and cheered on as they learn new concepts and skills. Students deserve an engaging lesson that interests them. I want them to be proud of the work they have done and have a blast doing it. Environment is key. Students deserve to feel safe and and ask questions that may assist in their learning. I take the time to get to know my students in order to teach them in the most efficient way that works for them. All students learn differently.
Q: Why do you enjoy teaching for MML?
A: My students are incredible people. I'm very grateful to play a part in their musical journey and share the knowledge that was given to me from my instructors when I was growing up. I love the process and watching students enjoy the instrument they are playing. It's an honor to teach these wonderful kids!