Hello everyone! My name is Ms. Wren and I am excited to be your student teaching intern this semester. I am originally from Atlanta, GA and am currently a super-senior at Michigan State University, where many of your interns and observers have come from to see the great things going on in the orchestra program at Waverly.
To tell you a little bit about myself, I switched to bass in 6th grade after playing the violin for a year in 5th grade. For various reasons (mostly because of the screeching sound of the high E string), I didn’t enjoy my 5th grade year of violin playing and I was ready to drop out of music completely by the time 6th grade came around. But my mom teamed up with the middle school orchestra teacher after seeing how great strings class had been for my brother and they convinced me to try out the bass for a few weeks before I made a final decision. So I started staying after school for beginning bass lessons with the orchestra teacher, Mrs. Hans, and two other 6th graders who were also switching to bass. It was just about instant love when I first played that beast of an instrument. The low E string rumbled the floor and I was hooked on orchestra for good. Mrs. Hans let me take a school bass home and, especially in those early stages, I remember my parents having to stop me from practicing so much some nights because it would drive them crazy.
Since those beginning years, being a bassist has lead me to many places I very likely would have never gone had I not stuck with music as a middle and high schooler. From All-State Orchestras, to Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, to touring across the country with the Lansing folk band Doug Mains & the City Folk, to various other garage bands and side projects with friends. Music has opened many doors in my life to travel and meet new people from around the globe. I know it can do the same for you, so stick with it, kids!
If there is anything I can do for you throughout the semester, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I am looking forward to a great semester of learning with you all and Mrs. Spurbeck.