Get to know . . . Ann Applegate, music department lecturer

January 9, 2015

Where did you grow up? Tell us about your educational background.

I grew up in a small town in lower Michigan so I guess that makes me a troll . . . you know, someone who lives BELOW the bridge. My education is all musically based, with my studies taking me to Oregon and Colorado, in addition to Michigan.

Why did you decide to teach, and how did you develop an interest in music?

My interest in music comes from my childhood because there was always music in the house. I decided to teach because I enjoy sharing all that music has to offer. 

Ann Applegate instructs students.

Did you have a favorite or an interesting job as a teen?

Ha. My summer job was as a lifeguard and swimming instructor.  Trust me, you do NOT want to hear my lifeguard voice. 

What is something you learned from your parents that you carry with you today?

A wise owl speaks very little and listens a great deal. 

Do you have a favorite TV show or movie?

Any TV show that is a mystery to solve. A movie??? Inconceivable. So that would mean Princess Bride

Outside of work, what do you do to relax?

Relax? What is that? I enjoy cooking and snuggling with my cats.

Ann Applegate making music without keyboard.

What’s been the secret to your success?

Patience and persistence. Dedication and determination. Not being willing to take “no” for an answer.

What do you like best about UWMC?

Small classes, high quality student interaction, watching our students grow and prosper. 

What advice do you share with new students?

Be organized. Try to take in everything the school and community offer. As my students often remind me YOLO (You Only Live Once).