By day, we’re marketing geeks. Computer nerds. Quirky writers and artists. And damn proud of it!

But after hours, our team members shed their marketing capes – and pursue all kinds of cool Hobbies, Interests and Talents (we call them HITs for short).

Here’s what Jenny Keller, a Haley Marketing Social Media Marketing Advisor, is into:

HIT: Fiddle Player and Teacher

Back Story

I’ve been playing the fiddle for over two decades. I started studying Texas Old Time and Bluegrass styles when I was just five years old. Along the way, I branched out and began to teach students looking to further their musical education in both technical and historical aspects.

Why do I love playing and teaching the fiddle?

Music has enriched my life in so many ways; here are just a few:

  • Learning to play has helped me develop skills necessary to focus on and master new things in many areas of my life (whether it be a musical tune or a new marketing practice).
  • Being part of a musical community has afforded me the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and learn more about all genres of music.
  • By teaching, I have been able to pass on (just like it was passed on to me) tunes and musical histories that have long been out of the spotlight in society. From old Irish ballads to bluegrass tunes; from Civil-War-era tunes to western swing pieces from the exploration of the American West, I make it a mission to pass on not only the musical piece itself, but also the history behind the tune (so that others can then share this knowledge).
  • Finally, I really enjoy the competitive side of music. Since the day I started playing, I have enjoyed competing in countless fiddle contests across the county – and won many of them, too!

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