Hello! I am a saxophone/clarinet/flute player. After
teaching and performing while based in Tucson, AZ for over 20 years, I
relocated to the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, NC area in August of 2015. I
have performed professionally in the United States and abroad with
various groups since the age of 17. Currently, I am the saxophone clinician at Athens Drive High School, and have done woodwind clinics for Mills Park, Apex, and Ligon Middle Schools.
MY TEACHING BACKGROUND:
have been teaching music privately since 1993, and enjoy teaching people
of all ages and skill levels. I have two bachelor's degrees from the
University of Arizona. One degree is a bachelor of fine arts in music
(2000), and the other is in speech, language, and hearing sciences
(2012). I also have a master's degree in speech-language pathology
(2014). In addition to being a music teacher, I am also a licensed
speech-language pathologist in the states of Arizona and North Carolina.
In the period from 2007-2010, I was given the opportunity to teach
several children with Asperger syndrome, developmental disabilities, and
attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The richly rewarding
experience of introducing these children to the language of music
inspired me to seek a degree in speech-language pathology to complement
my skills as a music teacher. I enjoy the challenge of combining my
music and speech-language pathology skill sets in order to provide
specialized music instruction to individuals on the autism spectrum,
those with attention, or developmental deficits, as well as typically
developing students of all ages. Performing and teaching music are great
passions in my life and I love to share my experience with anyone who
is interested to learn!
MY TEACHING PHILOSOPHY:
I believe that
the most important thing to keep in mind when learning something new is
to HAVE FUN. If you are having fun, you will be much more likely to go
home and practice- and ultimately that is the key to your musical
success! We will design an individualized plan for you to build on your
strengths so you will WANT to go home and work on your weaknesses.
Anyone can benefit from private lessons! Whether you are a beginner or
have been playing for years, one-on-one instruction will allow you to
progress more quickly.