why i teach:

I am a musician, creative, and educator at heart and I am never happier than when those three things combine, as they do so beautifully in teaching music. I believe music is a powerful tool of self-expression and I love sharing that gift with students.

how I teach:

I desire to help foster a student’s love of music, to help them acquire the technical skills and knowledge to engage in music, and to encourage their growth in the ways that they naturally express themselves musically. I do not seek to create cookie-cutter pianists, but rather to collaborate with each student as an individual with creativity and musicality of their own. Warning: lesson content and end result may (and hopefully will) look different for everyone!

credentials:

I have a BMus in Piano Performance and have been teaching instrumental and choral music to children from age 2 to 18 in various capacities for the past 11 years first in the Chicago area and now in the Seattle area. I am a member of the Dalcroze Society of America and attend yearly workshops and trainings in the Dalcroze method. I also have my Level 2 Kodaly certification.

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other music pursuits:

In addition to teaching private piano lessons, I am working on a music theory teaching software called Linus.

I also conduct a fantastic group of 4th-7th graders in The Ensemble Choir of the Pacifica Choirs and teach music at a few Seattle preschools.

On a personal note:

While music education is a huge part of my passion and life, I’ve got a few other loves:

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I run a portrait photography studio here in Seattle with my husband. Check us out at:

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Photo by Sparkfly Photography http://sparkflyphotography.comAdditionally, I consider myself an excellent vegetarian cook, a mostly-committed bike commuter, a serious multi-tasker, and a mom to an adventurous, full-of-life one year old.