INTERVIEW WITH OSMD’s MATTIA TUCKSEN (Voice, violin, viola, piano)
Who are you and what is your role at the Omaha School of Music and Dance? How long have you been teaching at OSMD?
I have been teaching here for over 2 years.
What do you like about teaching at OSMD?
I love getting to work with a wide variety of students, both children and adults.
How long have you been playing and performing? Where did you study your craft?
I started violin at age 10, viola at 16, and singing at 15. I studied at the University of Oregon from 2004-2009, and went on to the University of Colorado, Boulder, studying from 2009-2012.
What drew you to music? What do you find fulfilling about it?
I love the freedom of being able to express my creativity when working through a song My approach of a given song might change daily depending on how I feel.
How has music affected or benefited your life? What skills are you applying in your daily life?
Music has taught me dedication, and to always strive to do more and be better. It has also taught me humility. ☺
What kinds of challenges do you face as a working musician? And how do you rise to meet them?
Being asked to be creative on demand can be challenging. I find that talking with others and discussing ideas really helps.
What are the top three pieces of advice you would give to student musicians to encourage their progress?
One: don’t be afraid of mistakes or failure.
Two: Strive for more, don’t be satisfied with “okay.”
Three: Don’t forget your reason for being a musician.
Now the fun stuff!
What are your favorite things to do in your free time?
Read, play with my cats, computer programming.
When you were “little” what did you want to be when you grew up?
If you could have picked a different instrument/type of dance, other kind of art, which would you choose?
I think it would have been fun to be a dancer. It seems very graceful and I think I would enjoy the athletic component.
What is your favorite movie? Your favorite book?
These change regularly! For movies, I like animated and/or thoughtful movies. For books, I usually stick with fantasy and sci-fi, but some of my favorites are biographies.
Who are your favorite musicians/bands, or dancers, artists?
For classical music, I enjoy Ian Bostridge, and the Tallis Scholars. Contemporary artists I like include Alexi Murdoch, Muse, and Yiruma.