Emmoe Doniz began singing at age 13, leading worship at 16, and after joining the band D. Clea, discovered a passion for teaching music. A graduate of Visible Music College (where she majored in Modern Music Ministry), Emmoe has worked as a voice and piano instructor, band director and worship leader.
In addition to recording an album with D. Clea, a highlight of Emmoe’s career was performing with the band at Icthus Festival in 2015. “It was one of those ‘hard work pays off’ moments,” she says.
But it’s mentoring kids in music that really excites Emmoe. She is an encourager who wants to help students find their confidence in music, even if it means seeing a new way of doing things. “I have been incredibly blessed with people who have dreamed for me and walked with me when I have given up,” says Emmoe, and she wants to do the same for her ROOTS students. “I enjoy helping others move forward in their vision and teaching gives me an opportunity to do that.”
Emmoe’s Teaching Philosophy: “I’m all about freedom. Freedom to mess up, try new things, give up and overcome. Seeing kids trust themselves and grow in their confidence is why I teach.”
Question & Answers
What’s your favorite local spot to spend time at when you’re not working?
“Any donut shop. There is nothing a sprinkled donut can’t fix.”
What is your favorite down-time activity to reduce stress?
“I love co-writing with friends!”
Give us an idea of your sense of humor. Is there a Youtube video that really made you “laugh out loud”?
“I don’t have a video but I have heard from more than one person that I remind them of every character from Parks and Rec. I think that’s a good thing?”
What type of music did you grow up listening to? Is it the same now? What changed?
“First song I ever fell for was off the Romeo and Juliet soundtrack with Radiohead. I still listen to them.”
If you could meet one author, performer who would it be and what would you ask them?
“It would be Emily Henry. I would ask her about her story. Her wounds and her healing.”