Student Spotlight February 2020

Our February Student Spotlight this year goes to Tyler Whitehead! Tyler is in his first year of grad studies at the school of music, studying percussion performance under Dr. Andy Harnsberger.

Q: What made you choose Lee for graduate school?

W: I had a few graduate schools I was looking at when researching for my masters degree, and ultimately Lee was the best fit for me. I knew the percussion studio was top notch and I knew the school of music was filled with world class educators and performers that I could learn a lot from. 

Q: What do you enjoy most about studying with Andy Harnsberger?

W: My favorite part of studying with Andy Harnsberger is the sheer amount of knowledge and tatlent he has to give. I have known of Harnsberger for years and what he could do, and I knew if I had the chance to study with him that it would be a great experience. He’s tough when it matters, but also very caring and super helpful. He is a great model for what a good teacher and performer should be, and he does a fantastic job making sure the studio and me are on the right track for success.  

Q: What are your future plans after graduating? 

W: My future plans at this moment include continuing on with education and getting a DMA in percussion performance while working a side teaching or performance job of some sort. 

Q: What is your favorite part about being a percussionist?

W: There’s so many cool things about percussion, for starters you never run out of instruments you could learn and practice, so it is really hard to get bored or burnt out. I love rhythm and being a percussionist gives me almost unlimited chances to explore the possibilities of rhythm in composition or improvisation. The final thing I really enjoy about the world of percussion is just how new it still is relatively. It is not uncommon to play entire recitals of music from living composers, and to me that is really exciting. 

Congratulations on your success, Tyler!

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