Teacher Ann Marie
How old were you when you began learning to play your instrument?
About 3 or 4 years old
What do you Love about Teaching?
I love the adaptability and empathy that comes with teaching. It’s so special to have the opportunity to share something I’m so passionate about with others. To see the spark in a student who loves what they’re learning is truly a moment of magic.
Where did you receive your Degrees in Music Education?
I received my Bachelor of Arts in Music with a Minor in Education from San Francisco State University with a Cum Laude honors in Spring of 2022.
Your Unique Approach to Teaching
What’s most important to me in my personal approach to teaching is empathy. It is essential to me that I build a rapport with my students so that they feel honored and safe in our learning space. I want my students to feel confident in speaking up about what they want to learn or what they’re struggling with, so I do my best to help give my students the tools to do that. I also put emphasis on making sure I understand what my students’ interests are, so I can cater our lessons to their own unique needs and keep them excited about learning.
What do you enjoy about teaching at Myriad?
I love how structured and organized Myriad is. It is clear the school is highly focused on supporting both their students and their teachers in the most streamline way possible.
Other than English, are there any other languages you speak fluently, for teaching purposes?
I am proficient in ASL
What are your hobbies & Interests?
Outside of music, I love to read! I love stories about mysteries, the paranormal, and self growth. I also enjoy painting, spoiling my fur babies, and weight lifting!
Anything else to share?
I’d like my students to know that I love a wide variety of music! Pop, old rock, R&B, musical theatre, indie.. the list goes on! Also if a student is interested in a genre I’m not familiar with, I’m always happy to do my own research so I can best support their personal musical journey!
Is there an inspirational quote you’d like to share with your students?
“Forever is composed of nows” – Emily Dickinson