My Education, Accolades, and Experience
I graduated from The University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013 with a Bachelors in Music Education, French, and a European Studies Certificate. While attending I earned multiple scholarships and upon graduation, I received my Wisconsin teaching license. I earned my Master’s degrees in Vocal Performance and Collaborative Piano at the University of Missouri-Columbia as a teaching assistant for the voice department. As a teaching assistant there, I taught a voice class for non-majors and also private lessons for undergraduate music students and non-music majors. I was a National Association of Teaching of Singing semi-finalist each of the three years there and the winner of the Missouri Music Teacher’s Association graduate division in 2014.
In Missouri, I began teaching privately both at Jefferson City Music Academy and The Music Suite in Columbia Missouri. I was an active member of the Missouri Federation of Music Clubs where I prepared students for judged performances in piano, violin, and viola.
My Approach to Teaching
I like to develop a curriculum for my private students by focusing on students’ interests, background, and skill level. After determining the student’s skill level and interests, we work together to form a curriculum that is both fun and helpful in the pursuit of the student’s goals.
One of My Practice Techniques
I encourage practicing purposefully for as long as the student is able each day, often several shorter practice periods throughout the day. Purposeful practice is far more important than quantity of practice. There is no substitute for the intentional and meaningful implementation of technique taught during lessons. This approach allows the students to practice throughout the day and achieve a sense of accomplishment while successfully implementing goals set during lessons while simultaneously helping to build good practice and performing habits.
My Favorites in These Five Styles
- Pop – Adele
- Jazz – Ella Fitzgerald
- Classical – Franz Schubert
- Musical Theater – My Fair Lady
- Opera – Gaetano Donizetti (La Cenerentola)
My Favorite Quote
“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” -Victor Hugo
How I Started Playing Music
I began taking piano lessons from my adult sister when I was five. She provided me with musical knowledge, fantastic technique, and the motivation to pursue excellence in music. I loved both the music and the family time that this provided me as I went on to win several Wisconsin Music Teacher’s Association competitions in various age groups, superior ratings at Federation, and an honorable mention in a concerto competition before I left for college. When I was nine, I began playing violin and I joined Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra shortly thereafter – working my way to Senior Symphony, Chamber Orchestra, and the chamber music program: performing in several string quartets by the time I graduated high school. As a singer and stage artist, I profited from a wonderful music program throughout my school education and participated in musicals throughout my middle and high school years. Some of my fondest pre-collegiate stage credits include the productions of Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, and The Fantasticks.