Lead singer and guitarist of The Henry Millers, Katie Schecter, let us peek inside her brain to talk all things music ed and what is was like being born into a family of musicians, check out her full interview below:
Where would you be without music?
I've always had the strong desire to create, so I would probably be making something of some sort, collages, drawings paintings clothes jewelry.... Things I do as a musician anyway, but I imagine i'd be a lot less joyful.
How has music/music education positively impacted your life?
Music is the lens through which I learn about the world, emotions, people and ideas.
At what point did you know you were going to dedicate your life to teaching/playing music?
My life has been dedicated to music since I came into this planet. Everyone in my family is musically inclined, so it was something that happened quite naturally. My brother and father were always performing writing and recording, and I was often involved, but I feared that I wasn't good enough to establish my own creative voice. Realizing I could do music as a "profession" didn't happen for me until about age 19. And I've never looked back.
Talk about a song that changed your life forever?
The first song I ever wrote on my own : "what am I gonna do, baby blue" was the most life changing. That tune took my song-writing virginity... I can never get that back.
What’s your favorite song to sing in the shower?
Jawbone by The Band .... I'm a thief. And I dig It!
Why is music education important?
I remember a conversation I had with my dad in junior high school : "why do I need to learn chemistry ? I know one hundred percent I am not going to be a chemist when I grow up ." To which my father replied: "Because taking chemistry is exercising your mind to learn about the world around you in a Scientific way." Music education teaches us about the world through sound and song , lyrics and melodies .
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