Degree(s): BA Music Performance, University of New Mexico, 2001
JD, University of New Mexico Law School, 2005
Current Employment/Employer(s): self (sole practitioner law practice)
Former Employment/Employer(s): State of NM, Public Defender Dept.
Current and/or Former Creative Projects/Performance Opportunities: I continued playing in a salsa band through law school, but the late night gigs eventually became incompatible with the rest of my life. I didn’t do anything musical for quite awhile. Then, almost two years ago, I started taking piano lessons with our son Harlan, who is now 9. (Actually we go together, but have our own lessons). I love it (I think piano is what I always wanted to play). I don’t have any desire to perform right now but find it to be a great solitary activity. I try to practice at least an hour a day and am currently taking a stab at my first Beethoven sonata (the slow movement anyway). It’s very interesting to approach an instrument with a strong musical background but zero technical skills. In fact, it’s not as frustrating as I thought it might be. It’s also so cool to share music with my kid, and to see him develop skills, confidence, and artistry. We just enjoyed our second Junior Festival yesterday.
Advice for Current Students: Enjoy school and get all you can out of it while you’re in it! While it can seem like a slog at times, college is a blessing and a privilege. Depending on your career path, you may find that for a while at least, school was way more fun than working is.
Anything else you want to add regarding your current life? It’s great! Love my family and my job. PS You were the music teacher that all other music teachers are measured against for me. I’m lucky to have learned from you.