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Get to Know Teal Crane Trio

Posted March 31st, 2017  |  By A4A.admin

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CSMA welcomes the Teal Crane Trio for a free concert in Tateuchi Hall on Saturday, April 8 at 7:30pm. Get to know horn player Daniel Wood as he discusses his music education and how it shaped his career.

Daniel Wood, Horn

How did you begin playing music?

I don’t remember why I began to play music. I just know that I always wanted to. I started playing the piano early in elementary school. Composing seemed like a logical thing to do, so I started writing music at the same time.  A few years later in 4th grade, I started playing the horn at Landels Elementary School in Mountain View. And by middle school, I was practicing those 2 instruments plus the trombone which I played in the jazz band.

Did you have access to music education in school? If not, how did you find your way into music?

Music was offered in elementary, middle and high school. And growing up in Mountain View, the music programs were strong. I was also quite fortunate to know a few students 3 and 4 years older than me that were very into music. They were inspirational and mentored me a great deal. This area is also home to some fabulous and dedicated private music teachers.

Tell us about a great music teacher you had.

My middle school music director, Linda Snyder, was superb. She gave me and my fellow students tons of opportunities. If we even gave a sideways glance at an instrument, she would get us started on it. She gave me a very solid foundation as a future professional musician and educator.

How often do you practice and/or rehearse?

I have practiced as much as 4 hours a day in the past. With a family to care for now, I have less time. So I’m often maintaining my craft with short but intense practice sessions. As a group, we rehearse once or twice a month depending on what is coming up.

What advice do you have for young, aspiring musicians?

Keep your options open to all avenues music-related. I certainly didn’t think I would be using my teaching, piano accompanying, arranging, improvising, public-speaking, marketing, adjudicating, and juggling skills to forge a music career. But I use every one of those and then some each year doing what I do.

Anything else you’d like us to know?

Music is a wonderful gift that can bring communities together. No matter what your background, music’s common language helps us understand one another.

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