Posting Date: February 24, 2010
Meet Ariel Ginn: Making her presence known through pianoBy Tabatha Wahlquist
Photo by Linda Tincher
Kennesaw State University freshman Ariel Ginn’s music career began with a gift from her grandmother—a piano. With the encouragement of her parents, Ariel began playing. “My parents wanted us all to be musical,” recalls Ariel, “so practicing became my favorite thing to do.” Since the age of six Ariel has played the piano. The classical pianist is now a music education major at KSU.
Having grown up in Marietta, Ariel decided to attend KSU to stay close to her family. The School of Music also came at the recommendation of Ariel’s private piano instructor, who has close ties to the school. Ariel's former instructor, Betty Moore, also taught KSU Professor of Piano David Watkins, who has since become one of Ariel’s greatest mentors. Watkins says, “Ariel is very talented and serious. She has a keen interest in improving her skill and artistry steadily.”
During her audition for the KSU School of Music, Ariel realized the quality of music education KSU offers. “I liked everyone at the audition,” says Ariel. “The teachers are all so passionate about their particular instrument. With them it’s not just about making good grades—it’s about learning and growth.” Since joining the School of Music, Ariel has been especially pleased with the sense of family she has felt, mirroring that of her own.
Ariel says, “I love the sense of community at the music school. We play in ensembles and concerts. We sing together. There’s a feeling that we are all working toward the same thing—a shared love of music.” Ariel credits her teachers for being her largest influence. “Each teacher focuses on a different aspect of music,” explains Ariel. “One focuses on technique while another focuses on musical expressiveness. It has helped me to think about all the different aspects of music.” It has been that attention to detail that has garnered Ariel the success she has already experienced in just her freshman year at KSU.
Ariel was a semi-finalist in this year’s KSU Concerto Competition and performed in a master class with Simone Dinnerstein in fall 2009. In addition to being a music student, Ariel is also a member of the Collegiate Music Educators National Conference, an organization for music educators with conferences focused on music education. After graduation, Ariel wants to stay close and teach elementary grades music either at a private or public school.