Bayley Ginnaty is Grow Music's Viola Teaching Artist and has been teaching with us since Fall of 2021. It has been a pleasure to get to know Bayley and watch her blossom into her role as a viola mentor. Her students clearly enjoy their time taking lessons with her and I've gotten to know Bayley and her fierce musical presence through multiple performance opportunities over the last several months! It's been great. Bayley has a kind, fun-loving soul and a great sense of humor. Read below to learn more about Bayley and what makes her tick!
Tell us about the moment you decided to become a teacher…
I knew that teaching would fall into my career somewhere, as I am pursuing my bachelors degree in Viola Performance. However, I didn't anticipate running into it so soon! During my freshman year of college in 2019, I held many viola sectionals as principal violist of the UM Symphony Orchestra. It was during a sectional with my peers, giving advice and guidance, that I knew that that kind of educational discussion was something that I found incredibly fulfilling and brought me immense joy!
What do you like about teaching lessons?
What I love most about teaching individual lessons is the relationship I am able to build with each young violist. I regularly think back to my experience as a young musician and how much admiration I have for those that taught me. Every student I have met learns, expresses, and shares their personality in a different way; I love figuring out how to be the best teacher for each student- it’s like solving a puzzle!
What is a memorable moment for you in your time at Grow Music?
One of my favorite memories from teaching at Grow Music is realizing that I have students who at one point knew nothing about music or the viola, and can now play their instrument, read music, and have found an entirely new way to express themselves!
What kind of music do you like to play?
Growing up as a violist, much of the music you are exposed to was originally written for a different instrument (like the violin or cello.) Throughout my collegiate study, I have loved diving deeper into the traditional viola repertoire! Playing music that was written for the viola, on the viola, always feels very special.
What is a piece of music that you think everyone should hear?
This is a contemporary piece for solo viola that I learned recently: “Perfect Storm”, by Shulamit Ran. This piece is so fun to listen to; each time you listen something else pokes out and grabs your attention!
What non-musical things do you have interest in?
I love to garden and cook! I have a plot in the ASUM Community Gardens and I love to get out in the dirt and grow, harvest, and preserve homegrown food. I also enjoy cross-stitching and hanging out with my kitty, Miso! I am convinced that I am a grandma living in a 20 year olds body.
Anything else you'd like to share about yourself?
I really want to learn how to fiddle. I think it would be a fun skill to pick up and I would love to raise my own little army of viola fiddlers!