Ellie Everywhere: Jason Boemio, music teacher at Troy 18 school

Hi everyone! I’m back today to interview Mr. Boemio. Mr. Boemio is my music teacher at school 18! I like the music lessons because Mr. Boemio is fun and teaches us the dances.

How are you all today? I do it well! Get your popcorn, comfy seats and a cake, and get ready for a great interview!!!! Here we are!!!!

Elijah:
Okay, so for my first question, let’s start at the beginning. How did the music catch your attention?

Mr Boemio:
How did the music catch my attention?

Elijah:
Yeah. How did you fall in love with music?

Mr Boemio:
Well, you know, my parents always listened to a lot of music at home. And I remember, I think I was in first grade – for Christmas Santa brought me my first (what we called) boombox so we could listen to CDs. My parents had tons of CDs and they listened to music all the time. They are really
big fan of so-called “old times”, so a lot of music from the 50s and 60s. And that’s how I learned to love music when I was at home.

At school, my first music lesson was sixth grade choir. And that first day, I fell in love with singing in a big ensemble with all my friends and a teacher. I had been singing along since I was in sixth grade, every year in school and out of school. Now, as an adult, I love him so much.

Elijah:
Very good answer. This should be an easy question. On which instrument did you start, and why?

Mr Boemio:
The first instrument I played was the piano. But that wasn’t until I was much older. I think I was 17. I wanted to learn to play at school. But unfortunately, I changed schools when I was in sixth grade. And the new school I went to didn’t take any new players, can you believe that? They wouldn’t take a new student to learn a new instrument because sixth grade kids have been playing for a year already, since fifth grade. But I couldn’t play in CM2. So I didn’t have the chance to take an instrument at school, which saddened me a bit at the time. And even now, I wish I had the chance to play something when I was younger. But the first instrument I really started learning to play was the piano and that’s okay, I’m good at the piano.

Elijah:
Even better answer. Third question. Why did you choose to be a music teacher?

Mr Boemio:
Oh, that’s easy. I had the best music teachers growing up. Mrs. Burnett was my choir teacher in high school. And Dr. Kennedy was my choir teacher in college. And these two teachers were the most
influential musicians and educators with whom I had the chance to sing and study. And because of them and their work and their style of teaching and the way they showed their children, their students, how much they loved music, that’s why I continued on this path in this career to become a music teacher myself.

Elijah:
Alright, and here’s my big fourth question. What do you like best about teaching music?

Mr Boemio:
Oh, there are so many. But I think my favorite thing about teaching music is seeing the smiles on all the kids’ faces. When they learn a new song when they play an instrument when they “understand” something musically. When they succeed and see how happy everyone is. To be able to perform for their classmates, to be able to perform at home for their family, to know that at the end of the day, more than just learning music, they love it and appreciate it and that makes them smile and makes them feel good. And that makes them so happy and proud of their work. I think that’s my favorite thing about teaching – how much all kids love and enjoy participating in music not just in school, but spreading it in their homes and communities.

Elijah:
Now, before we go, is there a little advice you would like to give to future musicians?

Mr Boemio:
Yes, it’s never too late. I hope no one will ever think that because they’re older, or because maybe someone told them they weren’t the best singer or the best musician. It’s never too late to learn a new trade, learn something new, learn an instrument and do something for the love of music. To the right? If you really appreciate and love music, go for it. Get a new instrument, learn something new. Learn a new song, do something outside of your comfort zone. Go out and sing, join a choir. Do it because you love it. It’s never too late to start or even resume.

Elijah:
Thank you very much for allowing me to interview you. Goodbye.

That’s all for today, friends! We’ll see each other again, well… I don’t know when, but you’ll see me again soon!!!!

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