My primary goal is to foster a life-long love of music for my students. The joy found in studying and mastering a piece of music (whether a C-scale or a sonatina), performing for friends and family, composing an original song -- all these can instill a sense of self-worth and accomplishment that in today’s world can be hard to find. I've taught for decades, but serving as teacher, guide, and fellow-adventurer to students on their own musical journeys is a good feeling that never gets old.
My own musical adventure began in a large family where the guitar was brought out for after-dinner folk singing and I often found my mother practicing the violin when I came home from school each day. Add four older siblings playing instruments, two church-musician grandparents, plus another grandmother who wooed her suitor by playing the harp and singing “Dear One, The World is Waiting for the Sunrise," and you have a serious mash-up of musical influences. When asked in 6th grade to play piano for the Girls’ Chorus concert I was on my way.
Whether chamber music, choral accompanying, piano teaching, nightly gigs at the old Café Budapest and Colonnade Hotel in Boston, recording a Bach Concerto in the Czech Republic, touring Spain with an orchestra, leading church choirs for 20 years, or learning to play the banjo, music always brings me joy.
B.A. Mills College
M.M. New England Conservatory