Feature-Chen

1. What is your role at Rock and Roll Daycare? Can you describe your usual work day?

I am a music specialist, and my primary instrument is the viola. I teach each classroom at all three locations. My day starts with singing a Good Morning Song to each kid, then we do lots of singing and movements to the music.

 

2. What is your favorite part about working with Rock and Roll Daycare?

Seeing the kids laugh and smile during the classes – it’s pure joy.

 

3. How do you balance your career here in Rock and Roll Daycare and you family/personal life?

As a freelance musician, I have private students and rehearsals mostly in the afternoons and evenings, so doing the classes at RRDC in the mornings gives me a nice energetic start of the day! I also enjoy singing the songs I teach at RRDC to my son who’s about 3 years old.

 

4. What inspires you?

Children – their reactions to the music classes inspire me to come up with different ways to make things interesting. Sometimes I follow their lead, sometimes I improvise, and it all comes from how the kids respond.

 

5. If you were a color, what color would you be and why?

Probably dark purple, low key and calming.

 

6. If you could be any animal, which would you be?

Any kind of migrating birds

 

7. What do you like to do in your spare time?

I honestly don’t remember the last time I had spare time.. If I have any time off now, I’d like to get more sleep.

 

8. What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

The night before my college commencement in Taiwan, I went fishing with my college friends in the middle of the night in the ocean until 3 am or so… we still managed to come back in time for the commencement.

 

9. What is your favorite family tradition?

Hiking on Thanksgiving Day. We would spend about half of the day hiking, then go home for a big meal.

 

10. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

In 5 years I would like to create more concert series, building a platform for young musicians to perform more. I want to switch my role from a performer, to a person who gives opportunities to the younger generation to play.

 

11. What is it that you consider as your biggest professional challenge?

The biggest challenge for me is to keep polishing my performance techniques and skills. Musicians practice hours a day to be better, but with the work schedule sometimes I find myself lack of practice and really need to use my time well.

 

12. What have you gained from working with Rock and Roll Daycare?

When I started about 6 years ago, I did not have any previous experiences working with kids under 5 years old in a group setting. I wasn’t quite sure what to do. But over the years I learned to just be with the kids and have fun together. I don’t see myself as a “teacher”, but just a person who works with them to enjoy music.

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