Cindy Hersey teaches piano at Arbor Music on Wednesday and Thursday.
Where and how did you get your start in music?
I started taking private piano lessons when I was 6 years old. I continued taking lessons until the end of high school. By then, I decided to major in music education at Colorado University in Boulder, Colorado.
What is your favorite style of music to play/ What is your primary instrument?
My primary instrument is piano. I enjoy playing many genres of music. My favorites are jazz and easy listening.
Who is your favorite composer/musician?
My favorite composer is Beethoven. My favorite musicians are the great bands of the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s.
What inspired you to teach/what do you enjoy about teaching?
My inspiration to teach was my years in the education field as well as my desire to pass the joy of music on to the younger generations.
How do you motivate students to practice?
I request a certain amount of time devoted to practice each week and remind them what they need to work on.
What are some unique things you do to make a positive impact on students’ musical growth?
I play duets with the students and ask them to prepare 1 week in advance. I give them composer biography information. I have them do music theory homework.
If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?
I would be a pink flowering dogwood tree.