April Gerken



What do you love about music?
Music has the power to change lives because it expresses emotion in a way that words alone cannot, and it helps people process life changes. Music helps people develop empathy, creativity, discipline, and courage. Music has an infinite number of uses and purposes, and I love the versatility it provides. Music is accessible to everyone and creates communities.

Who is your favorite artist?
My favorite artist currently is Rend Collective because they are constantly looking for new instruments and elements to add to their music.

What are your top 5 desert island albums?
Good News – Rend Collective
Pentatonix (Deluxe) – Pentatonix
Brand New – Matthew West
V – Maroon 5
Look Up Child – Lauren Daigle

Do you play in a band or currently perform?
I do not currently perform in a band, but I do accompany local singers



Central Illinois native April Gerken brings 15 years of directing public school choir and 20 years of teaching voice and piano to her Academy instructor role at Sweetwater. She graduated from Millikin University with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Walden University with a master’s degree in education. A married mother of two daughters, April enjoys hiking, reading, and crafting in her free time. As a music educator, April’s goal is to help you find your passion and creativity in music. Spark musical inspiration with April today!

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