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Music Huskie Spotlight

Huskie Spotlight: Hannah Speer, Music Education and Trombone Performance ’23

Hannah Speer

What did you want to be when you were growing up? Are you pursuing that as a major, or have you taken another path? I had no idea what I wanted to be when I was growing up! As I went through school, I kept playing trombone in band and eventually starting taking it more seriously in high school. Going into music made the most sense for me, and I don’t really knew what else I would do.

What is your major (and/or minor) and why did you decide on this course of study? I am double majoring in music education and trombone performance. I chose to major in music because I love helping people and I love performing.

What is your favorite thing about studying and/or playing music at NIU? My favorite part of NIU is the trombone quartet I am a part of. The other chamber ensembles I have been in have been a lot of fun, and I feel lucky to be in a group that is working at such a high level.

Are you involved in any student organizations or extra-curricular activities? If so, which ones? How have they added to your experience as a Huskie? I joined the Penguin Players this semester and it has been so fun so far! I have never been a part of a musical, so I am learning a lot from the artists and everyone in the group. I am happy to meet other students outside of the music building, and other people in the community.

Why did you choose NIU to study music? I came to NIU because there are so many different ensembles working at high levels. I love the performance spaces that are available to music students, and that I still have the resources of a big university.

Who has been one of your favorite instructors/professors and why? What course do they teach? One of my favorite professors is Dr. Lucia Matos. She taught my music theory class and I am in her conducting class right now. She is so musical and has so much to teach everyone. She is also very helpful and kind when you make a mistake in class.

Where is your favorite spot on campus or in the community? Why are you drawn to it? My favorite spot when I first moved to DeKalb was the lagoon because it is a nice place to walk around, and I think looking at the geese is always funny. Since there are less restrictions on campus this year, I have really been loving being in the music library. My other favorite place to go on campus is the courtyard in Gabel Hall because of all of the flowers.

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