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December 2020 Student Spotlight: Erin Docherty

December 2020 Student Spotlight: Erin Docherty

by Phil Barrow December 21, 2020

As part of our efforts to recognize the amazing students we have at our school, we will be doing a monthly Student Spotlight, which will highlight the exceptional accomplishments of one Resound student.

Our very first featured student is Erin Docherty. According to her teacher Greg, Erin has gone from being a timid, measured 8-year-old to now being a very expressive and, admittedly, eccentric 15-year-old! Despite these changes, what remains constant over the years is her interest in catchy, complex musical ideas; her admirable perseverance through difficult learning; and her goal to achieve perfection.

My favourite trait of Erin as a student probably has to be her perseverance to complete tasks perfectly. While this trait does come with stress and frustration at times, it is also a power that allows her a high level of accomplishment. As a teacher, it means that I both have higher expectations of her yet also relinquish control at crucial moments, having faith that her perseverance will prevail through the frustration. In the end, she always lives up to those expectations, which also means she gets to claim those accomplishments as her own.”

“Erin’s perseverance and dedication has allowed her to check off quite a few “First student to….” acknowledgments in my time as a teacher. For instance, the first song she ever tackled for a recital was already beyond what a beginning student of her age would normally be capable of; she is the first and only one of my students to successfully learn and perform the entire drum track for Van Halen’s “Jump” (no small feat); she has been involved in numerous rock bands, which required learning and successfully performing many songs in a very short amount of time; and lastly, her most recent and perhaps most impressive accomplishment yet: being the first student I have taught to learn and put together four different instrumental parts to recreate a song. A round of applause, please!”

Please enjoy Erin’s instrumental rendition of “Here Comes Your Man” by Pixies:

 

Below is a short interview we conducted with Erin:

  1. Great job on your instrumental cover of Here Comes Your Man! What made you want to start learning to play the drums?

    When I was about 7 years old, I wanted to play drums because “I [liked] to hit things”. Now, I continue to play drums because I love music and being able to play drums makes me happy.
  2. How long have you been taking music lessons with Resound School of Music?

    I’ve been taking lessons with Resound for almost 7 years. I started in fall of 2014.
  3. Who are some of your biggest musical influences? Do you have any favourite bands or musicians?

    I’m not sure who my biggest musical influence would be, but I do admire anyone that can play an instrument because interments are SO COOL! A couple people that have inspired me are my Dad and my sister, who both play guitar. As for favourite bands and musicians, I have thousands, but a few of them are Ricky Montgomery, Wallows, Dayglow and Jack Stauber.
  4. I noticed that you are playing a few different instruments in your video. Where did you also learn to play the guitar and bass?

    I was taught by my teacher, Greg, how to play the guitar and bass. I’ve been learning guitar for about 1 year and I’ve only been learning bass guitar for roughly 4 months.
  5. What’s one musical goal that you would like to accomplish?

    One day, I’d really like to write my own songs to play. I think it’d be really cool if I could make music and play it on the drums, guitar, bass or any combination of instruments that I know how to play. Additionally, I’d like to cover more songs because playing “Here Comes Your Man” was a lot of fun.
  6. What is your favourite thing about your music lessons?

    My favourite thing about my music lessons is when I get to learn a skill. Although it can be frustrating at times, it’s always great when I get the hang of it because now I can apply that skill elsewhere. I also love learning how to play new songs on the drums or guitars.
  7. What do you like most about your teacher?

    Greg is extremely patient with me (even when I’m being annoying) and pushes me to reach my fullest potential. He is very talented in music and I am glad to have him as a teacher.

Erin is just one of the many wonderfully talented students we have at Resound School of Music. We will be featuring more of our students in upcoming editions of our Resound Student Spotlight, so please stay tuned for more updates to come!

Resound School of Music currently provides online music lessons for piano, guitar, voice, bass, drums, and violin. To do our part in combating COVID-19, we’re offering all new clients 50% off their first month of online music lessons.

To learn more, contact us today to request your free consultation.

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Phil Barrow

Phil discovered his passion for music in his early teens when he began learning to play the guitar. He attended the VCC School of Music where he studied jazz and contemporary guitar performance. Phil joined Resound as a guitar teacher in 2013 and has been the school’s Director since 2014.

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