We asked our Conservatory Faculty, Elise Jimenez, the following question: Why study music? “Music, and specifically cello, offers a unique opportunity for students to develop discipline and also develop those gifts into a marketable skill. Almost every major occasion requires music–weddings, worship, graduations, theater, dance, other celebratory events–and yet we take these skills for granted to pursue other activities that will not leave a lasting impression in the lives of our children. The best investment a parent can give to their son or daughter is private instruction in music. Even if they pursue other fields, that work ethic and joy of music will sustain them for their whole lives.”
Ms. Jimenez holds degrees in cello performance from University of Florida (M.M.), and Stetson University (B.M.). She currently teaches at Seminole State College (adjunct professor) in addition to Saint Andrew’s. Ms. Jimenez performs with Saint Andrew’s sinfonia, Orlando Phil and Brevard Symphony (substitute) and principal for Beautiful Music Inc.