Meet Matt Pharisien, our fantastic music teacher! Born and raised in the Bay Area, he's been a part of the Hausner community for just a few months but has already made a big impact. His highlight of the week? Kabbalat Shabbat! Learn more about his passions and fun facts in our interview.
1. How long have you lived in the Bay Area, where did you come from and what brought you here?
I was born in Palo Alto at Stanford Hospital, and have lived in the Bay Area most of my life. I went to Addison Elementary, Jordan Middle School (now Greene) and Palo Alto High School (AKA Paly). I did live in Chico California where I went to college, and I lived in Spain for a year as well when I was 21 yrs old, but now I'm back in the Bay.
2. What is your role at Hausner and how long have you been here?
I am the music teacher here at Hausner, and I started at the end of October, so I've only been here a few months, but I've had a great experience so far, and everyone has made me feel very welcomed in the community.
3. What is the highlight of your work week?
I love Kabbalat Shabbat! A great way to welcome the Sabbath and celebrate the weekend!
4. What do you do when you're not at work?
When I'm not at work I teach more music! (LOL) I teach private lessons on guitar, bass, drums, and piano. I also write, record, and mix my own music. To relax I love watching sports (especially 49ers and Warriors). I love playing sports too, though I don't get to play very often anymore. I enjoy reading, hiking and biking, and hanging with friends and MY DOGS! :)
5. What do you think you would do if you weren't a teacher?
If I wasn't a teacher I'd be touring the world as a rockstar! Haha, or maybe working in a recording studio, or perhaps I'd be an anthropologist or ethnomusicologist.
6. Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I am a twin! I have a fraternal twin brother named Greg, who is a mechanic, and also plays the drums.
7. What is your favorite Hebrew word and/or Jewish Holiday?
My favorite Hebrew word is Shalom, and my favorite Jewish Holiday is Hannuukah because I LOVE LATKES!