Conversations with MACSA: Brenda Boyd

Ever wondered what your teacher does when she’s not teaching? Does he have a favorite snack? What bands does she listen to? Is there a quote that inspires him? Now is your chance to get to know our teachers a little bit better! This is the first in a series of fun and personal interviews with MACSA teachers and staff. Keep an eye out for your teacher!

And now, to start us off, here is Brenda Boyd, our preschool piano teacher:


What do you love most about working with preschoolers?
It makes me happy. I love being able to teach, influence and nurture young children through music.   

What has surprised you most about working with preschoolers?
It surprises me when my preschool students correct my pronunciation. I had speech therapy when I was in first grade and it is still challenging for me to say certain words.

What’s your first memory of MACSA?
Seeing a MACSA advertisement in San Antonio Our Kids Magazine.

What’s something we might not know about you?
Christian, minimalist, runner, drummer.

What’s your favorite quote?
“If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.”
A Shakespeare quote in the song “Freewill” by Rush.

What book are you currently reading?
The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius
I discovered Boethius when researching “Musical note” from Wikipedia.

If you could see any deceased musician perform who would you chose?
Karen Carpenter. The tone of Karen Carpenter’s voice can make me cry almost
anywhere or anytime!

What band would you camp out all night to get tickets to see?
Rush. My first camp out and rock concert was for the Rush Signals tour in 1982. Lee High School friends and I stayed near the big Cowboy Boots. The boots were off of the 410 frontage road back then. We ended up with the very last row of balcony seats in the old Convention Center. Worst tickets, but best concert camp out memory ever!

What’s a song or piece of music that has been particularly meaningful to you?
“Hold On” by Triumph Class song from Tom C. Clark 1985.The words inspired me at the age of 18 to “Hold On” to my dream of being a musician.

What was your favorite story when you were a child?
Peter and the Wolf by Tchaikovsky. I entertained myself as a young child by listening to the record.     

What’s your favorite breakfast food?
Water, Granny Smith apple. Egg, cheese, crisp turkey bacon on a toasted wheat muffin. And of course my caffeine fix of DDP (diet Dr. Pepper). 

Thank you, Brenda! It’s so fun getting to know you!

For more information on Brenda Boyd, please visit her page on our website: Brenda Boyd, Preschool Piano Specialist