Music DSA Jenna Sherman

Jenna Sherman
Hometown: Rochester Hills, Michigan
Majors: Music, Spanish
Minor: Psychology
Study Abroad: Quito, Ecuador
Best Adjective to Describe You: Dedicated

In 20 words or less, what is the best thing about being part of this department?
The music department welcomes everyone! All you need is an eagerness to learn and a love of music.

What is your advice to first years and sophomores about getting connected to this department?
Get involved! Go to concerts, join ensembles, and talk to professors. There are so many great opportunities to make connections, whether on or off campus.

What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
Sometimes it’s easy (especially for us K students!) to forget that there is so much more to life than just academics. I’ve learned to prioritize people, to take advantage of more experiences outside of the classroom, and to not let the stress of getting perfect grades get in the way of what’s really important.

What has been your favorite class at K? Why?
Conducting! It is extremely useful because it utilizes aspects from several different music courses at K. It also helps you become a more well-rounded musician by developing leadership skills, aural skills, musicality, and more!

How have you taken advantage of the open curriculum or experienced breadth in your education?
Before coming to K, I had two subjects that I was already passionate about, music and Spanish. Not only have I been able to continue studying both of these, but because of K’s open curriculum, I even found a third subject of interest, psychology! In addition to this, I’ve also been able to experiment in completely different disciplines like computer science and theatre, and even participate in the Bronco Marching Band at Western Michigan University.

What experiential education opportunities have you participated in?
I have worked as a piano lab assistant for the Gilmore Keyboard Festival’s after school piano program at Woods Lake Elementary. When I studied abroad in Ecuador, I taught English classes at a school called El Hogar Cristo Rey. Both of these were fun and rewarding opportunities and were related to my majors!

What is your SIP?
I plan on doing a recital SIP featuring several different aspects of my experience studying music here at K including piano, percussion, trumpet, and conducting.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I hope to continue my education and earn a degree in music education. It is also a dream of mine to move back to Quito, Ecuador for a few years before coming back to the United States to teach.