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Music Beat

October 26, 2013

Hairstylist finds balance through playing cello


I wondered how a local musician had learned the musical skills necessary to make professional recordings.

Ann said her parents had encouraged all their children to study music. Ann has played the cello for 14 years, starting her study when she was 8 years old. She took lessons with Julian Wilcox, a local teacher who is a wonderful performer and has trained many successful cellists. Ann also played in the Walton High School orchestra under the very competent leadership of public school music teacher Carol Erlandson, and Ann was fortunate to have the additional experience of performing in the Little Delaware Youth Ensemble, working with Julie Signitzer.

I asked her about the experience of being home-schooled. She said she loved it. It was fun, and she had learned a lot.

She made an easy transition into public school for her last two years of high school to be eligible for BOCES training in cosmetology. As a graduate of that program, she is delighted to have found employment in the JCPenney Hair Salon.

I asked, “Since you’re happy to work in a professional hair salon, do you think you’ll still be playing the cello during the next five years?”

She answered quickly, saying “I’ll still be playing cello as long as I’m alive. It balances my life.”

I asked, “Have you ever thought about writing your own music and lyrics?”

Ann seemed surprised and said, “Ryan has already asked me to write music and I’ve thought about it, but I would have to be influenced by someone. I have never had the inspiration to write. I’ve never had the feeling to try to get my point across. I simply love to play. I’d like being part of music.”

She continued to explain her philosophy. “If you want to gain anything, you’ll gain it out of music. It helps you. It makes you feel like your body is working out, processing different sounds. It’s complete self-control. If you want to learn self-control, pick up an instrument.”

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