By Susie Epp
Big 12 Campus Correspondent
When Kansas basketball player Conner Teahan was in second grade, his parents decided it would be a good idea for him to take piano lessons. Although Teahan was not particularly excited about the idea, he continued to take lessons through seventh grade.
"Taking piano lessons was all right," said Teahan, a 6-5 junior. "I didn't love it, but it was one of those things where I got better at it and started to accept it as the years went by."
Teahan comes from a musically-talented family.
"My sister sang and played piano and my older brother played guitar," Teahan said. "Our parents liked for us to get involved with music because my mom played and they wanted us to be well-rounded."
Growing up, Teahan focused more on sports idols than musical influences.
"I listened to pretty much what all kids listened to," said Teahan, who is a business finance major. "I liked all types of music, but I was more interested in sports idols. I was really in to Michael Jordan."
Today, Teahan uses his musical background during his leisure time off the court. He and senior guard Mario Little have formed "Garageband."
"I have a little piano that hooks up to my computer," said Teahan. "Mario (Little) and I have made a couple of so-called beats. My piano experience has definitely helped me with my knowledge of the keys. It's been a while since I've played so I'm a little rusty, but Mario is really good. I just watched him and we started doing some stuff together."
When Teahan and Little join forces at Garageband, they don't hesitate to include other teammates.
"Everyone on our team tries to do some sort of rap," Teahan said. "Last year, Tyshawn (Taylor) would come over and rap. Mario is a pretty good rapper. This year, Thomas (Robinson) will come over and rap from time to time."
In addition to making music, Teahan and Little also have made some music videos.
"We have a little studio," Little said. "I don't know if we could ever let the public see those. That would have to be up to Conner, because it's his stuff."
Teahan plans to continue to enjoy and play music in his free time.
"I would like to learn how to play the guitar and maybe even re-learn the piano," said Teahan, a Leawood, Kan. native. "Over the years I've kind of lost some of my piano skills, but I've always been interested in learning how to play the guitar. I wasn't really that interested as a kid, but the older I get, the more I wish I knew how to play the guitar."