TEACHER OF THE MONTH
Ms. Desiree – VOICE/PIANO
1) Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background with music/teaching.
I grew up loving music, from blasting the radio while cleaning, or on a drive with my family, to my family graciously letting me sing “Twinkle Twinkle” on the porch as they watched. I joined as many music programs throughout elementary, and high school as possible. I started playing the clarinet and percussion, and joined drama, choir, and a few talent shows. I knew I loved performing and being on stage. I received Bachelor degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Education from Cal State Long Beach, and a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from Cal State Los Angeles. Teaching grew from wanting to help people. One of my friends in high asked for drum lessons, and I was happy to help. I worked with choirs, and started teaching lessons throughout college. I now teach, write original music, and perform throughout Los Angeles, and Orange County.
2) How did you know that music was going to be your career?
Music as a career was not an easy decision, Music as a career is what I call a beautiful jigsaw puzzle, one that can be complicated at times, and once solved becomes really rewarding, and life changing. I worked all throughout college in jobs in and outside music. I knew music was my career because it made me the happiest I have ever been.
3) What do you love most about teaching?
I love being able to help a student achieve the goals they set for themselves. I love seeing the growth in each student, and helping them see they are so capable of so much beyond their musical abilities. It’s amazing to see a student really understand a concept in a lesson, and so important when they believe they can achieve it on their own.
4) Did you have a favorite teacher growing up? Tell us about him/her.
One of my favorite teachers is my third grade teacher Mrs. Gilbert. She was fond of music in the classroom, and has us sing songs together. One day, she encouraged me to try a solo, I was terrified of course, but after doing it I realized I loved it, and joined choir for the first time. I remember seeing Mrs. Gilbert at a musical I was in, and thanking her for encouraging me and helping me begin my musical journey.
5) What is your favorite hobby?
When I’m not singing, acting, or dancing, or training in any of these fields, I like to make people laugh. One of my hobbies is telling jokes, and doing fun accents and impressions.
6) What is one piece of advice you’d like to share with your students?
I’d like to say remember that you are a person and a musician. You are capable of so much, and when you trust that the learning really begins. Thank you for allowing me to be a small part of wherever the love of music may take you. 🙂