We caught up with Kit Bennett, Piano, Vocal, Music Theory & Songwriting instructor at Bristol House of Music and asked her some questions about how she got started in music.
WHEN DID YOU START PLAYING MUSIC?
I started learning piano when I was six years old and have been singing since I can remember. I also used to solo on clarinet at a very young age with my dad’s various jazz ensembles. These two elements of music gave me a varied start to my music education which meant that I had a good ear (able to learn from listening) and could read music.
DID LEARNING MUSIC COME NATURALLY TO YOU?
Yes! When you’re young it is just like learning a new language you can pick it up very easily, as long as you concentrate and enjoy it.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST GIG?
My first gig was when I was about 8 years old, playing jazz with my dad. It was pretty crazy as I was just given a key and told to solo on clarinet - but it was great fun and we played all over the west country!
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE SHOW EVER?
Hard to say!
My favourite show is the next show I’m playing and I hope to see you there!
WHEN DID YOU START TEACHING?
I feel like I have always taught, even through college and university I was helping other students out and it has always been a natural thing for me to teach the knowledge and skills I have learnt throughout my time in music. I have been teaching professionally however for around 10 years.
CAN ANYONE PLAY PIANO?
Yes! Anyone can play piano! It is down to you to decide how well and how far you want to take it.
SONGWRITING! HOW DID YOU START DOING THAT?
The angst kicked in when I was teenager, so I started writing songs on my guitar. But whenever my family was on car journeys when I was little we used to improvise opera style songs based on what we saw on the drive! I remember it being really exciting when I finished my first song about 20 years ago and I used to play it to all my friends when they came over after school!
WHAT DO YOU DO OTHER THAN MUSIC?
I read a LOT of books, I try to get out to nature as much as possible and I love anything to do with the ocean.
ANY FINAL WORDS OF ADVICE?
The greatest feeling is when you start to break through the barriers, things that were previously difficult become easy. Although this only happens if you apply yourself and put in the hours!