“I’ve been blessed to find encouraging teachers who supported my individuality, so I take pride in providing lessons tailored to the needs and interests of each student.”
My interest in music began in my home with parents who encouraged me to sing, dance, and bang on pots in the kitchen. We would often watch musicals on television as a family and sometimes my father would strum his guitar. Once in a while, we visited theme parks where the musicians and dancers inspired me to enroll in dance and piano lessons. At age 10, I added singing lessons in College Park with Novie Greene, which led to festivals and choirs at the local and state level and a performance tour of England with the Deanery Girls’ Choir of St. Luke’s Cathedral. I sang in chorus at Milwee Middle and Lake Brantley High Schools; favorite musical-theater roles that I got to portray at this time were “Cha-Cha” in GREASE, “Audrey” in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, “Dainty June” in GYPSY, “Reno Sweeney” in ANYTHING GOES, and the “Baker’s Wife” in INTO THE WOODS.
Choosing Florida State University for my undergraduate degrees in Music and Theater led to further roles in light opera and professional contracts with Princess Cruise Lines and repertory theaters. For a time, I used my minor in advertising to teach graphic design and animation at Full Sail University. During an audition trip to New York City, I met my husband and proceeded to earn a Master’s Degree in Music Education from New York & New Jersey City Universities, including certifications in Kodaly, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, and teaching K-12th grade music. Independent studies included Michael Levine, Nomi Tischman at the Metropolitan Opera Company and Anne Farber at the Lucy Moses Conservatory.
Over the past 15 years, I’ve taught music to students aged 0-80 in Music Together, preschools, elementary-middle schools, and via private lessons. I’ve
been blessed to find encouraging teachers who supported my individuality, so I take pride in providing lessons tailored to the needs and interests of each student. I’ve been using my expertise in multimedia, musical theater coaching, classical/contemporary piano styles and ukulele/guitar to inspire well-rounded musicians of all ages: building confidence and fond memories while developing interdisciplinary skills. I depend on my multimedia skills to develop curriculum that works in online lessons (essential for students who are immune-compromised or who live at a distance). Lastly, I’m Gardiner-approved to teach home-schoolers with special educational needs. Thank you for taking an interest in music lessons—I hope we get to work together soon!