At AWSOM we value the personal connections we make with our students, and we want you to feel the same way.
That's why our teachers have taken a moment to answer some questions in between their busy teaching schedules. Read on to learn more about our amazing brass teacher William Muñoz!
How long have you been playing music?
I have been playing music for almost 20 years.
What first got you interested in playing?
I always wanted to play an instrument. I originally wanted to play saxophone because I thought it was a neat instrument. However, the Saxophone teacher at my school had to many students and could not take me in. I then saw the trumpet teacher practicing and was amazed by the sound and how beautiful the instrument could sound. He had space for incoming students, after that the rest is history! I don’t think the saxophone is neat anymore… :)
What is your favorite song/genre of music?
Favorite song and genre of music is a tough one. I really enjoy listening to a wide variety of stuff. These days I have been listening to a lot of Jazz particularly to Thelonious Monk! I love that stuff.
What is your favorite part of teaching?
I love observing my student’s evolvement and how they develop as musicians. It is very rewarding to guide and help students improve, and enjoy music as much as I do.
What is your greatest musical accomplishment?
Being able to perform music professionally in different parts of the world.
What is your greatest non-musical accomplishment?
I once ran a 10k! And I am trying to do it again.
Besides playing music, what is your favorite thing to do?
I enjoy taking photos. I enjoy going out with my camera and photograph what I find interesting.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I always wanted to go Spain. I am sure I will enjoy taking pictures there and their food is amazing. Also, you get to take naps in the middle of the day.
What advice do you have for anyone interested in playing a brass instrument?
Like with any other instrument you have to be patient and work hard, must importantly enjoy it!
When you first started playing music, was there anything particularly challenging about learning it?
Since I started I really enjoyed. One particular thing that might have been challenging was to consistently practice. I realized very early that if I didn't put the time practicing things moved way too slow.
Why do you think playing music is important?
Playing music is something that is very special. It also could serve multiple purposes whether is for pure entertainment, enjoyment or appreciation. For performers I think that the skills that we learn as musicians are transportable many things. For students, even if they don’t want to become professional musicians, experiences as musicians could be life changing.
What profession, other than your own, would you like to try?
I would like to try being a chef! But I think that would be very stressful.
What musician do you find most inspiring?
That would be Louis Armstrong.
Last book you read?
But Beautiful: A book about Jazz
Last movie you watched?
La La Land
Your idea of an ideal day would be:
Sitting on a Caribbean beach with some live Latin jazz playing in the background.
Anything else you would like to highlight about yourself?
I know how to dance Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata very well…At least that is what I think.. :D
To learn more about William, visit his teacher bio page.