Jessica Twining - Piano

 

Where and how did you get your start in music?

At 8 years old, living in Utah, I begged my parents to let me take piano lessons; I’ve been hooked ever since. I continued lessons, competitions, and recitals over the years. I added French Horn in band (7 years), and competed in jazz band for 2 years. 

 

What is your favorite style of music to play/What is your primary instrument?

Piano is my primary instrument. I enjoy playing classical music but I also really like to sing and play modern covers.

 

Who is your favorite composer/musician?

Probably Franz Liszt.

 

What inspired you to teach/what do you enjoy about teaching?

I love working with students; my own teachers and directors were incredible, and I enjoy passing along skills and methods I learned to people who are also passionate about music.

 

How do you motivate students to practice?

A few ways: Hosting a few concerts each year (So they have a goal to work toward!); allowing them to choose their pieces, so they’re excited to learn; and having prizes and treats at end of each lesson to choose from if they practiced that week! 

 

What are some unique things you do to make a positive impact on students’ musical growth?

I like having an aesthetically pleasing practice room. Students feel welcome and comfortable. I also host themed concerts (ex: students dress up for Halloween concert!). Also, we play duets often, to enrich and enhance the sound of their pieces.

 

If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?

Crepe Myrtle, because FLOWERS!!