Happy Monday! Sorry this post is a day late, I had “Technical Difficulties” AKA: My computer died on me. I am happy to announce today’s Sunday Spotlight is Jessica from The Domestic Musician. When I first heard about this website, I was floored! What a great idea! Jessica is a musician, who decided that music education was important for ALL kids. Read on to find out more about her and her website, The Domestic Musician.
Tell me a little bit about you, and The Domestic Musician.
I was born in Little Rock, AR and grew up in Tulsa, OK and Northwest Arkansas. I come from a family of 3 girls and then went on to have 3 boys. I started playing piano at the age of 6 after hearing my 1st grade teacher play “Jolly Old St Nicholas” on the piano in my classroom. I continued playing piano and won several awards and contests. I went on to learn the clarinet as well and was in high school concert and marching band.
In college,I got my degree in music education where I played piano and clarinet in several choirs, ensembles, and concerts. After graduating, I met my husband and taught at a Tulsa Elementary school for 7 years as well as teaching private piano lessons from college on. I had our first son, then we moved to Northwest Arkansas and ended up having two more sons. I decided to stay home and raise my kids, but also received my Arkansas teaching license. I started my website The Domestic Musician as a way for me to share my love of music education with all children. I teach online music lessons as well as a piano courses coming soon.
Who is your role model?
Probably every music teacher from elementary school through college that had a huge influence in my life.
How does online music education differ from in person?
I am still teaching students, but not in person. Questions are asked by emailing me, lessons are more self paced, and parents are more involved in helping their children. It is a collaborative effort between myself, the students, and the parents where I am teaching all the material, but parents are helping make sure their children are watching the video lessons and paying attention as well as practicing throughout the week.
How did you and your husband meet?
We met in a night club. I love telling this story because we always get the most confused looks, because if you know us, you know we are not the night club kind of people. My sister was about to move and wanted a girls night out and I kept telling her I didn’t want to go out, yet she kept insisting. So, I went, met a guy, talked to him in the corner for two hours, 7 months later we were engaged, and we just celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary.
If you could be anything when you grow up, what would it be?
I always wanted to be a wife and mom, start my own music studio, and teach music. I am living my dream right now!
If you could collaborate with any musician alive or dead, who would it be?
I would love to collaborate with Beethoven. He was brilliant and I love how he didn’t let his disability hold him back.
What is your favorite animal and color?
I love dogs and I like turquoise or mint green a lot.
Do your husband or kids play any musical instruments?
My oldest son is learning the piano and my husband played trumpet and french horn in high school.
When your husband cooks, what is your favorite thing he can prepare?
He makes an amazing chicken dinner with homemade sauce and potatoes. He can literally sit in a restaurant, eat a meal, and go home and figure out the ingredients from scratch. Craziness!
Has anything crazy gone wrong during any of your performances? If yes, what happened?
Ha! At my senior college piano recital, I had a giant brain fart where I started a Chopin piece that I had completely memorized and could not remember the beginning. After sitting for a minute and taking a deep breath, I started over and played it all the way through great. Nerves will get me every time.
Where do you see yourself in five years? And ten?
In five years, I want to be able to have my business off the ground so my husband can work on starting his own business he’s wanted to start up for years. In ten years, I want to build our dream house on the lake and to continue teaching online and in person.
What is your favorite memory about music that has changed your life?
My 1st grade teacher played “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” on her piano, I went home to our new piano and figured out how to play it all on my own. If it wasn’t for her showing my class her love of music, I always wonder when I would have figured out I wanted to learn music.
Last question…What is your favorite instrument and song to play?
I love to play the piano and I don’t have a favorite song to play, but I love playing anything Classical, worship music, and songs that kids will enjoy.
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