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Teachers & Their Terrific Tunes

Whether you are walking to your next class with your AirPods in or driving home from school, I’m sure you have some type of music playing. But have you ever wondered what your teachers are listening to? The answers may not be what you expect. History teacher Mrs. Erin Hanshew has recently been listening to indie […]

Whether you are walking to your next class with your AirPods in or driving home from school, I’m sure you have some type of music playing. But have you ever wondered what your teachers are listening to? The answers may not be what you expect.

History teacher Mrs. Erin Hanshew has recently been listening to indie rock groups such as the War on Drugs, Real Estate, and Future Islands. Mrs. Hanshew shares she also tends to listen to more mainstream music. “I love Kid Cudi and Kanye and Drake!” she says.

However, Mrs. Hanshew is not the only teacher who is a Cudi lover. English teacher Mrs. Maureen Wanket is a huge fan of more modern rap as well. 

“Kendrick Lamar impresses me continually, I also love Kid Cudi,” Mrs. Wanket says. “He’s a huge favorite of mine.”

Mrs. Hanshew also got some of her music such as Stevie Wonder and Jimmy Buffett and The Temptations from her parents. 

“Family has a lot of influence on my music, and there’s certain songs that remind me of being a kid and remind me of my family.” 

I am sure many of us can relate our own individualistic upbringings to having a heavy influence on what we listen to. Spanish teacher Ms. Anna Fernandez has gathered a lot of her music from her family over the years. 

“Growing up my parents both had different tastes of music and I had my older cool cousins and I would listen to their type of music,” Ms. Fernandez continues. “There’s all these genres of music that remind me of different groups and different friends and family and that’s influenced why I like all types of music”. 

A common theme noticed was that teachers have gotten a lot of their music influence from their students as well. “Being a teacher, students will talk about music and I’ll start listening,” Ms. Fernandez shares.

Mrs. Wanket also finds herself diving into the music her students listen to.

“Every student I have has a completely diverse set of musical taste and I think that’s beautiful…whenever a student shares music with me I think their taste is interesting”. 

Mrs. Wanket has a diverse taste in music. When asked what genre she listens to most she says “it really depends on what I’m doing, I like old school rock such as Led Zeppelin and Neil Young”.  She shares that there is a deeper meaning to music — it is more than just the rhythm of the song. “I like great poets, it’s all emotional…when music is used as a platform of really short sighted political views points is bad music”.

The next time you see a teacher with their headphones in, don’t assume that they are listening to something that was popular before you were born. You may have more in common with your teacher’s taste in music than you think. Who knows? You could be listening to the same song.

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