Question 2: Who is your favourite band/musician at the moment?
Beethoven and Richard Strauss are my favourite composers. Any orchestral music with a ripper French horn part considering that is my main instrument, so think blockbuster movie soundtracks.. To relax I love listening to piano music by Debussy or Eric Satie. Generally, my ‘favourite of the moment’ will be music that I am working on at the time so right now that means Wagner’s Ring Cycle.
Question 3: What superpower would you like to have and why?
To be in 2 places at once, or be able to teleport between two cities. I often feel like I lead a double life given I have chosen to live in Bendigo where my family is, and this is where I have lovingly set up my Mini Maestros Franchise, however I still travel to Melbourne most weeks so I can continue playing French horn in concerts, opera, ballet etc. I love working as a musician, and being able to share that passion with my students.
Question 4: What are 3 pieces of advice you would give to a child as they embark on their life’s journey?
1. Enjoy the ride! It’s ok to not be perfect at things – get in and have a go anyway.
2. Whatever your passion is, explore it in as many ways as you can. Learn about things that interest you and let that learning take you down more pathways to other things.
3. Be kind and inclusive of others.
Question 5: What’s the best thing about being a Mini Maestros Franchisee?
I absolutely love doing Mini Maestros! It has given me a renewed energy that I could never have dreamt of. I feel motivated every week to do the best for my students and I feel refreshed each class. I think with this age group I receive so much energy from the children, and from their genuine response to music, that the classes go so quickly. I also enjoy having parents and carers involved in the classes as they get to experience the joy alongside their children. Music is a social activity and I love being able to share the experience of music making.