Alex Stanton by Alex Stanton  September 09, 2019 

Annina - Teacher of the Month - September 2019

IMG 0228Annina is our September teacher of the month! 

How did you get into music?

I always had access to music when I was a kid - my dad had several guitars and a solid record collection of classic rock, Italian folk, and Polka. It was sort of a tradition to put on a record or the radio while we cooked on Sundays. Lots of Tarantella and “when the moon hits your eye like a big (you know it)”. Learning an instrument was never a question and my parents were very supportive of me exploring my interests. I went from playing the violin, to the trumpet, to getting braces and quitting trumpet, to finally playing drum set and guitar.

What kind of music do you like to play?

Soul and R&B through and through–particularly that of the 80’s! My songwriting is inspired by current artists whose sound is reminiscent of that era like Emily King and Regine Chassagne.

What's your favorite thing about being a teacher?

Teaching is a whole lotta fun. Part of it is getting to know lots of different people and learning about their interests. Part of it is helping them explore the thing that makes them happy. It’s sort of a covert trade. I’m always learning something new about music, teaching, my students, and about myself.

Any advice for aspiring musicians out there?

I lean toward self preservation in my practice. Though I’m guilty of leaning in that direction too much sometimes, I think there’s something to it. In order for me to practice drum set or write a song, I need to be intrinsically motivated–it needs to feel fun. I spent a lot time in college feeling stressed out about the quality and accuracy of my playing to the point that it didn’t feel enjoyable anymore. So yes practice, and work toward your goals, but also take breaks and shift from your routine! Have fun!

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