SHARING SKILLS - Laurie Maetche of Maetche Music Studios specializes in the violin but has been playing numerous musical instruments her whole life. She now teaches full time at the music department at Canadian University College.

SHARING SKILLS - Laurie Maetche of Maetche Music Studios specializes in the violin but has been playing numerous musical instruments her whole life. She now teaches full time at the music department at Canadian University College.

Laurie Maetche happy to spread the gift of music

It’s great to make a career doing something you love.

It’s great to make a career doing something you love.

That is exactly what music instructor Laurie Maetche has done here in Lacombe.

She is the owner of Maetche Music Studios and teaches out of a small studio in the music department at Canadian University College. She said she is happy to share the gift of music and have a career doing something she enjoys so much.

Growing up in Lacombe, Maetche said it was “Just expected” that she and her siblings would play instruments when they were younger. So, she and her siblings all decided to take piano or violin lessons.

Maetche started with the piano, but soon moved to the violin. She continued to take lessons for several years but at 14 was considering discontinuing her studies.

However, her mother found a way to convince her to keep up playing the violin. Maetche said that, at the time, she was expected to practice a half hour every day and her mother had said she would find chores to fill that half hour if it was not spent learning to play the violin.

“I weighed the pros and cons and decided that playing the violin was much better than scrubbing the kitchen floor every Saturday morning,” said Maetche.

She first made the switch from student to teacher at 16 when a neighbour asked her for lessons.

After that, Maetche’s own instructor in Red Deer started referring students to her.

She soon found she enjoyed teaching even more than performing. She added that teaching was one of the things that kept her playing violin ever since she started.

“That just kind of hooked me, when I was able to get into the teaching,” said Maetche.

Another thing that kept her interest in violin was paying in a youth choir.

She said she has taken this lesson into her own teaching career and often tries to organize group lessons with students. “It’s making the friendships with other players that really helps.”

She added that sometimes, those students don’t progress as fast but that’s not always the point.

“They are having a good time with the music and that’s a big component of it.”

Now, Maetche has been playing the violin for about 40 years and teaching for about 30. While she enjoys teaching the most, she still performs and actually has a recital coming up at Canadian University College on Feb. 23.

Maetche said she enjoys teaching over performing because it takes some of the pressure off. A lot of performers, including herself, put a lot pressure on themselves while performing, she said.

“If I’m going to step up there and play, I’m going to play to the best of my abilities,” said Maetche.

She added that while as an instructor she still needs to play to the best of her ability, the atmosphere is more relaxed and she is allowed to make mistakes from time to time.

“It’s good for (the students) to realize it’s ok to make mistakes and to keep trying,” she said.

Maetche said that teaching full-time is a good way for her to pay the bills and still continue doing something she likes. She added that part of the reason her days are so full and she has so many students is that it is hard to turn potential students away when they are looking for lessons.

Maetche teaches both classical and fiddle-style violin as well as lessons on the viola, cello, piano and beginner guitar.

news@lacombeexpress.com

 

Just Posted

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney arrives at the 2021 budget in Edmonton on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta launches COVID vaccine lottery with million-dollar prizes to encourage uptake

The premier says the lottery will offer three prizes worth $1 million a piece, as well as other prizes

The City of Red Deer sits at 249 active cases of the virus, after hitting a peak of 565 active cases on Feb. 22. (Black Press file image)
Red Deer down to 119 active COVID-19 cases

Province identifies 179 new cases Saturday

Member Terry Parsons’ custom built track vehicle.
Forestburg’s Area 53 Racetrack gears up for action-packed season

Site will also host a portion of the ‘Miles of Mayhem’ event in July

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Flowers and cards are left at a makeshift memorial at a monument outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the city in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Pick a Sunday:’ Indigenous leaders ask Catholics to stay home, push for apology

Indigenous leaders are calling on Catholics to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors by not attending church services

“They will never be forgotten, every child matters,” says Sioux Valley Chief Jennifer Bone in a video statement June 1. (Screen grab)
104 ‘potential graves’ detected at site of former residential school in Manitoba

Sioux Valley Dakota Nation working to identify, repatriate students buried near former Brandon residential school

Denmark’s Christian Eriksen receives medical attention after collapsing during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group B match between Denmark and Finland at Parken stadium in Copenhagen, Saturday, June 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, Pool)
Christian Eriksen in stable condition, Euro 2020 match resumes

Eriksen was given chest compressions after collapsing on the field during a European Championship

As stories of the horrors of residential schools circulate after the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation announced it had located what are believed to be the remains of 215 children, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs said he feels a connection with the former students. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
2 sides of the same coin: Ex-foster kids identify with residential school survivors

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip says the child welfare system takes Indigenous children from their families

Airport ground crew offload a plane carrying just under 300,000 doses of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine which is developed by the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies at Pearson International Airport during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
1st batch of Johnson & Johnson vaccines won’t be released in Canada over quality concerns

The vaccines were quarantined in April before they were distributed to provinces

Most Read