I love music and I love to teach. I wake up every morning and thank God for my job because I love what I do so much. I love investing into another human being. And what could be better than teaching a skill so beautiful as music?
My approach to teaching a balance of sensitive care and passionate motivation. Keeping in mind the goals of my students, I temper each lesson so that they are both challenged and encouraged to improve their playing ability. This method builds beautiful musicians and strong character, as self-confidence blossoms. It is a wonderful thing to behold. No wonder I love my job!
I have been playing violin since I was 5 years old. I’ve been teaching for over 25 years. I have numerous Suzuki Teacher Certificates. I have participated in many fiddle workshops as well. At Western Oregon University, I was concert master of the orchestra and…I learned how to play jazz! That was a challenge but I love jazz so it was worth it! Besides, being in multiple jazz ensembles sharpened my improvisation skills and gave me the education I needed to be able to play in multiple worship bands. I received my Bachelor of Music from Western Oregon University in 2002 cum lade.
Since then, I have had the opportunity to become the Associate Artistic Director of the Siskiyou Violins. I have been able to take students to Carnegie Hall, NY, on two different occasions.
In 2010, I moved to Georgia where I formed a group of performing violin students named “The Sweet Georgia Violins.” We performed all over the state. The Sweet Georgia Violins came with me to Carnegie Hall the second time. We had a blast!
In June of 2014, I moved back to the Rogue Valley. It’s good to be home! I’m sure I’ve left a lot out, but I have had such an amazing time teaching violin and have had so many awesome opportunities to perform, I am not sure I even remember them all. Now doesn’t that sound fun? Come join me! There is rarely a dull moment!