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.
Seeing the kids laugh and smile during the classes – it’s pure joy.
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.
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.
Probably dark purple, low key and calming.
Any kind of migrating birds
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.
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.
Hiking on Thanksgiving Day. We would spend about half of the day hiking, then go home for a big meal.
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.
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.
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.