My Life, My Words: Tracey Lynne Hart — ‘Sharing the music’
May 30, 2011
"I've been teaching music since 1999 since I moved over here. It had always been part-time and then about a year ago, I moved into this spot and started doing it more full-time. We're going into a summer schedule now that the kids are getting out of school, so they can come in earlier.
"I live out in Sunbeam, out past Maybell. I used to live out in the Oak Creek, Steamboat area for several years. I used to work for the forest service many years ago. I've been in education a lot. I worked for the college for a few years when I first moved over here, but ever since I was always in music since I was in college. In addition to my natural resource career, I got a degree in music. I used to do a lot of performing and always did a little part-time teaching.
"There's a few piano teachers here and a few voice instructors and a little pocket, like a violin teacher here, but nobody really doing guitars, bass guitars, banjo, ukulele, mandolin, whatever they walk in the door with, if I can help them get started on it. Just being able to bring music into people's lives is the most satisfying thing, and if I can make a living doing it, that's just a double bonus. I teach all ages, and every recital I've had, I've had at least one adult. It's fun for the kids to see that an adult can come in and learn that, too.
"I have about 45 students right now. I have a lot of them that are in second-, third- or fourth-grade. At the high school, I've got some kids that have been with me for four or five years, some of my advanced students. I've got a few that are heading off to college.
"My main instrument is the guitar, that's what I've been playing forever. Probably banjo is my second one, and I took a lot of lessons in that when I lived out in California for a while.
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"One of my graduation presents for the kids is a ukulele because I had a student show up one day with a ukulele, which we always kind of thought of as a kids toy but I realized that it's not and it's a lot of fun so that's kind of a present I give them when they've gotten to the advanced level to expose them to another instrument. Even though I'm classic rock personally, I do love bluegrass music and Sam Bush is one of my idols on that, so I started learning the mandolin.
"I have a small ranch in Sunbeam. I have wild horses, I've got three wild mustangs that I adopted. And I have four fiber goats, so I'm into the angora cashmere you can take the fiber off of and do all that kind of stuff. I like rural America because I like the outdoors, I like the wildlife, so it's hard for me to live in the city."
— Interview by Andy Bockelman
Music instructor at Desert Rose Music Studio