Read on to learn more about my musical background, my love of teaching, and how I will help your child enjoy performing beautiful music on their instrument.
I look forward to working with you!
My Music Background
I grew up in a large musical family where every sibling had to play one band and one orchestra instrument. Of course I wasn’t going to play any instrument that had already been chosen, but as the youngest child, this presented a problem. Thank goodness the viola had never been chosen or I may have ended up on the cello! I received my Viola Performance Degree from Oklahoma State University, am Suzuki certified, and have been teaching successful students for over 12 years. I also enjoy performing with the Meridian Symphony & collaborating with other music professionals in the Boise area.
How I got started in teaching
I completed several Suzuki teacher training courses and I planned to always use this curriculum and method. It was only when I started getting more students did I realize that one size does not fit all. I quickly learned that I needed to expand my repertoire in order to keep my student’s interest and joy of playing alive.
What I want students to take away from their time with me
I value a strong technical foundation above all else. I know that if I give my students a comfortable set up, and achievable practice techniques, they will be able to continue to learn whatever music they love to play for the rest of their life. Making practicing and performing fun, and not a chore is one of my biggest goals.
What I enjoy most about teaching
Every student has improved me as a teacher and person in some way. My students are the reason that I am constantly stretching, growing, and increasing my involvement (and
theirs) in the music community.
A meaningful memory
At my very first student recital of my college career I performed a movement from a Bach cello suite. I was incredibly nervous and holding it together – just barely. I was the first performer on the program and walked out to a completely empty stage, not even a piano to keep me company! Performances got easier after that, but what I remember most about those recitals was the camaraderie, friendship, and support for each other our studio had.
As your student’s teacher, I have empathy with performance anxiety on stage, and will help them overcome this fear, making sharing their musical talents fun!