One of my missions is to concertize piano and chamber works by composers of African descent. I love my history and heritage and think it important to promote sometimes obscure figures of African American culture.
Another mission of mine is to promote quality music education to children and adults. The joy I feel when teaching cannot be truly expressed in print. When God created music teachers, He gave us special gifts to be combined with our musical talents. I have these teaching gifts and musical talents, and yearn to share them with whomever will let me.
My mission has evolved over time in that, I initially just wanted to focus on teaching piano to children and adults. Now, my vision has expanded to handicapped children and adults, and the elderly. I have also become a contributing writer for an online magazine called Suite 101. My articles primarily focus on African-American composers of yesterday and today, and various aspects of piano pedagogy and music education. My articles can be found at www.suite101.com/writers_articles.cfm/jacqueline_banks
Aside from being a successful wife, mom and graduate student, I am an active member of MENC, NANM, current president of GSUMTNA, the collegiate chapter of the Music Teachers National Association, and Mocha Moms Metropolitan Atlanta chapter.