Chaslea Frantz is a recent Belmont University graduate with a bachelor of music in Commercial Violin Performance. Originally from Weatherford, Oklahoma, Frantz moved to Nashville to pursue her music career.
Chaslea began Violin lessons at 6 years old and has been playing and performing Violin and Piano ever since. She has had the opportunity to work and study with artists like Buddy Spicher, Billy Conteras, and Alan Jackson’s fiddle player – Ryan Joseph. Frantz has performed in several different ensembles throughout her career including Symphony Orchestra and World Fiddle. She also enjoys doing studio work for local Nashville artists.
Chaslea’s passion for teaching comes from years of mentorship by her own teachers. She says, “…someone else was once passionate about teaching with me. I can help someone new learn about music like I did and grow to love it. I’m passionate about creating a solid foundation for my students. I want students to have tools to create their own musical ideas while having great technique.”
Chaslea’s Teaching Philosophy: “It’s okay to not sound perfect as long as progress is being made. We all have to go through challenging experiences (like mastering an instrument) in order to get better than we were before.”
Questions & Answers:
Where do you look for creative inspiration?
“I look to the people around me for inspiration. I like having meaningful conversations that give me new ideas, or further push me to reflect on ideas I was already thinking about.”
What is your favorite down time activity to reduce stress?
“I like journaling or reading, preferably outside where I can get some fresh air and new perspective. Or hiking with my boyfriend!”
Of all the places you have traveled, which is your favorite?
“My favorite trip I have ever taken was when my dad and I went to the Sturgis Bike Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota before my senior year of high school. We drove from OK to SD through Kansas and Nebraska, and then back south through Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico. I got to see many states that I had never seen before, and we spent time in Red River, NM with my family on the way back riding four-wheelers and adventuring through the tourist town.”
What type of music did you grow up listening to? Is it the same now?
“I grew up listening to a lot of country and red dirt music. It’s still the same now! I try to listen to other genres but I always come back to music that reminds me of home.”