Baltimore School of Music is excited to announce that Alexa Rinn will be joining our faculty beginning on March 27! Ms. Rinn, a DMA candidate in composition at Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, will be teaching piano on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. We asked Ms. Rinn some questions to help our students get to know her!
What is your favorite part about teaching music?
"My favorite part about teaching music is getting to see students learning the things that I learned as a student and figuring out how to help them understand those things better than I did back then."
How old were you when you began studying music?
"I began piano lessons when I was 6 and sang in an a cappella group when I was in high school. Something I've always done for fun is to figure out songs by ear on the piano and sing while I play. I was 18 when I decided that I wanted to pursue music professionally."
What made you want to be a musician?
"I always knew music would be a huge part of my life, but I started to realize that it might be my main thing when a high school composer friend started teaching me about contemporary classical music. I had a late start with composing, so when I got to college I thought I was too late, but I took music theory and ear training and loved the classes too much to ever look back."
Who is your favorite classical composer?
"Some of my favorite classical composers are Igor Stravinsky, Franz Schubert, and Claude Vivier."
What are some of your favorite classical pieces?
"Some of my favorite classical pieces are Schubert's Winterreise, Alban Berg's Seven Early Songs, Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem, and Claude Vivier's Lonely Child."
As a composer yourself, is there a composer (or composers) who most inspires your style of writing music?
"The composers who most inspire my writing style are Gustav Mahler, Verdi, Vivier, Gyorgy Ligeti, and David Bowie."