Featured Instructor – Lysandra Chapman

Our Featured Instructor for the month of April is Lysandra Chapman!

Lysandra was last year’s keyboard instructor! She began her musical journey when she was in the 6th grade and played the flute. When she got older, she learned to play the trumpet and started playing keyboards when she joined The Chloes. She is also starting to learn the guitar!

On stage, Lysandra uses a Roland Juno-DI Keyboard, Zoom HD8, Casio XW-P1 and Akai MPX 8. She also owns a Gemeinhardt Flute and just recently acquired her first guitar, a Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar HH.

She loves all different musical styles, but some of her favorite bands are Cocteau Twins, Pixies, The Cure, Depeche Mode, Fleetwood Mac and Pink Floyd. Some of her favorite local bands include Def Rain, Nervous Curtains, The Black Dotz, and Frauen – that’s just a short list of the local bands that she thinks are great!

When asked what some of her favorite parts of camp were last year, she stated “I really loved being the band leader of Unknown Six last year.  Helping the girls write their song, Restart, watching and listening to them learn their instruments and witnessing their teamwork and friendship was very fulfilling.  I also loved being the keyboard instructor.  Many of the girls started with no experience, but by the end of the week they each stood proudly on stage and played with skill and confidence. It was amazing to be a part of their transformation into musicians in just the span of 5 days!”

When asked what advice she would give to individuals wanting to play an instrument, she states “Don’t give up.  Learning and playing an instrument isn’t always easy, but practice will make you better. Also remember that the first instrument you are interested in may not be the instrument that’s right for you.  Don’t limit yourself if this is the case, try another.  Don’t choose an instrument because others think it’s ‘cool’.  Play whatever instrument feels right to you.  You can also play more than one instrument…even on stage.  Want to be a guitarist and a singer, that’s great!  Want to be a drummer and a keyboardist?  Learn both!  Music has no boundaries!”

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