"In a Salina Journal photograph from 1985, a blond-haired 4-year-old
with an uncanny resemblance to Schroeder from the “Peanuts” cartoon
strip stares intensely at a piano keyboard, his tongue sticking out in
fierce concentration." reports Gary Demuth, Salina Journal.
His smiling piano teacher, Emily Rosewell Davidson, stands over him, instructing her student in the Suzuki Method, a way of teaching that focuses on learning to play by ear before being taught to read musical notes.
The photo accompanied an article about Davidson and her practice of teaching the Suzuki Method, developed by Japanese instructor Sinichi Suzuki during World War II. Her student, Adam Hulstine, had been taking lessons from Rosewell for about a year and had excelled from the start.
“You learn by ear first by listening and mimicking the teacher, then you go to the visual method of learning sheet music,” said Hulstine, now 34. “It was very beneficial for me.”
Hulstine grew up to become an accomplished pianist, working as an accompanist for churches, schools, community theaters and area choirs in Salina, Kansas City, Wichita, Abilene and Lindsborg. He also is trained on violin, which he plays in the Salina Symphony, and has a bachelor’s degree in vocal music performance from Kansas Wesleyan University.
“Technically, my degree is in voice, but most of my jobs over the years have been on piano and organ as an accompanist,” he said.
Those ‘wonderful’ teachers
Hulstine credited his accomplishments to the “wonderful” teachers he had through the years on piano, vocal music and violin, which include Salina music instructors Davidson, Joy Patrick, Mary Jo Benjamin, Coleen Jewell, David Lowe and Eric Stein.
It is in tribute to the many teachers in his life that Hulstine decided to become a teacher himself.
Nearly two years ago, Hulstine started the Hulstine Music & Performance Studio, 824 S. Santa Fe. He offers piano and voice lessons and helps students prepare for recitals, concerts and musical theater auditions.
Source: Salina Journal