My life has resolved around music since I was old enough to sing, and my zeal for music has taken me in many directions. I was a church musician for ten years, playing piano, singing, and conduction. Since 2003 I have tutored in music theory. I have accompanied vocalists and instrumentalists in a number of settings. I have played trombone and euphonium in concert bands, orchestras, etc. I have given special presentations in local schools. I have been commissioned to compose and arrange for a number of individuals and groups, and in 2007 I began writing for Hal Leonard. My students have ranged in age from 3 to 76 and I am comfortable with many different styles of music.
I am a lover of music and its history, and wherever I go I am a dedicated teacher and learner. Violinist Yehudi Menuhin said, “I’m always interested in learning about something through the eyes of someone who understands it and loves it because I’ve always had the motto in my life that anyone who liked something knew more about it than one who didn’t.” I love teaching because when I share with my students often they share in turn: gifts, stories, and touching performances. Though I suffer with my students through the process of growing, I rejoice with them in each triumph. Few things will ever be more moving to me than a student courageously playing their first duet at the piano. When the music finally comes together, when all the time and effort pay off, it feels amazing. Success is knowing that a student can go on playing, growing, and bringing more beauty into the world.