Aminda Asher

About: Aminda Asher

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  • Role : Strings
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  • Specialist in : Traditional and Suzuki Cello, P.S. Outreach, and Saturday Music Project Faculty (Cello)

Name: Aminda Asher

Instrument you teach: Cello

Do you play any other instrument in your spare time? I only play cello. I wish I had spare time to play another instrument!

Education: I have a B.M. from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and a M.M from the Manhattan School of Music.

Where are you from? I am originally from Rockford, Illinois. It’s one of the bigger cities in Illinois, known historically for the women’s baseball team, the Rockford Peaches, and home of the sock monkey!

Favorite age group to teach: I love teaching all ages. I have students from age 3 to 87 years old!

Favorite style of music to teach: I only teach classical cello, but I love introducing techniques used in contemporary music to students! Cello is such a versatile instrument used in all genres of music.

Favorite song: La Vie En Rose by Edith Piaf.

Favorite piece of music: Mahler Symphony No.2.

Favorite food: I love all food, but if I had to pick just one – I’d have to go with veggie tacos.

Favorite color: Purple.

Do you have any pets? I have a cat. She’s very lazy, but sweet.

What’s your favorite musical memory? My very first cello recital when I was 4 years old. I think I played most of Suzuki book 1 and I was so excited to perform for everyone that I greeted each person individually before we left.

What do you like best about teaching music? I love seeing the look of accomplishment on a student’s face when they have mastered a piece or performed on a recital. I also love when a student gets really excited about a piece of music they’re learning or when they bring a piece to me they would like to learn. Helping students achieve their musical goals is what it is all about!

Who is your favorite composer or musician? The first composer that comes to mind is Bach, but there are so many great composers and musicians, it’s impossible to choose just one! I am always working on the Bach Unaccompanied Cello Suites, so I’ll go with that.. for now.

What was the first piece of music you ever learned? Twinkle!

How many hours a day do you practice? I practice as much as I possibly can! Sometimes that means 4 hours, other times it’s just 1. It depends how many lessons I am teaching, rehearsals I have, or performances there are that particular day.

How long have you been at TBMS? This is my first year teaching at TBMS. Last year I taught for TBMS for the After School Strings Program at PS 116. I was sad to see that program go, but am very excited for my years to come at TBMS!