What do you do at Walker West?
I teach piano
Piano, organ, drums
What style(s) of music do you teach/play?
St Paul, Minnesota
What are some performance/professional highlights?
I have performed in the Twin Cities Jazz festival, as well as Paisley Park.
What was your first gig?
I believe it was in college, playing for some outdoor event with my friend singing.
Favorite Walker West memory/experience?
I love bringing in unusual instruments for my students to try. I recently brought in my Moog analogue synthesizer and watching their faces as they began to explore was amazing.
Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea
Belonging – Keith Jarrett
Mockroot – Tigran Hamasyan
Why is music education so important?
Music is being cut in many school districts and without a way to learn, most children will never unlock the potential within them. It is crucial to the development of a child to be creative, and music is one of the most universal and accessible ways to access that creativity
Advice to young musicians?
Practice as much as you can, and take pride in your accomplishments. Don’t compare yourself to others, your musical journey isn’t going to look the same as anyone else’s.