STUDENT OF THE MONTH Congratulations, Sophia! Q: How did you get started in music? A: I would hear my dad sing and started singing along with him. I joined him in the church choir when I was 5 years old and still sing at church. Q: What do you like most about the lessons? A: Every week, I learn different techniques to improve my singing. Q: What is your favorite song to sing? A: One of the songs I enjoy singing is “HALLELUJAH.” Q: Where would we be able to hear you sing? A: You can hear me sing on my channel on YouTube or my Facebook and Instagram (@sophiadealba) pages or live at church every Sunday. (St. Mary Queen of the Apostles Catholic Church) Q: What is your favorite animal and why? A: My favorite animals are DOGS, because I find it interesting how they can become your best friend so quickly.
Teacher of the Month: Greg Guerra
Q: What are the things you like most about teaching?
A: The most satisfying part about my job is the progression of an individual student. Nothing is cooler than seeing a student, who is struggling with a particular piece or exercise, finally put it together in their mind. It’s catharsis for both me and the student. Q: How do you inspire students? A: I try to play into their individual tastes and goals. If a student is interested in learning rock music, then I won’t linger too long on the classical side, as that tends to demotivate them. Q: What do you feel are the benefits of a child studying music? A: Music is really good for destressing. Students who tend to have high anxiety levels can often take comfort in music. I also have noticed increased focus. Music involves a lot of mental gymnastics and can help develop a student’s ability to multitask.
Q: What is your favorite type of music? A: I’m a big fan of folk rock.
Q: What do you like most about teaching at United Conservatory of Music? A: This is difficult to pick. So I’d have to say it’s a solid tie between my students, who are all lovely and fun to work with, and my awesome coworkers. Nothing is better about working at a place where you’re greeted with a smile and someone being happy to help you whenever you might need it. Q: What are some things most people don’t know about you? A: I consider myself a multifaceted person so there’s a lot. Particularly not many people know of my hobbies outside of music. I run a podcast broadcasting network. I collect comic books, Marvel collectibles, and “Star Wars” collectibles (I have a shelf/wall in my bedroom dedicated to each of these).
Upcoming Recitals! All recitals will be at University Presbyterian Church of Fresno at 1776 E. Roberts Ave., Fresno, CA 93710 (off Cedar and Bullard). There will be a sign-up sheet in the front desk soon. All recitals will be held from 4–7 p.m. on June 8 and June 15.
Upcoming Dates To Note:
Independence Day: CLOSED Thursday, July 4, 2019unitedconservatory.org
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