B.A., Wittenberg University, English, Minor: Music M.A.T., Simmons College, Secondary Education M.S.Ed., Simmons College, Special Education-Moderate Disabilities 5-12, M.Ed. Reading Specialist (Lesley University)
May 2022: Flute duet selected to perform at Quincy Arts Fest, Quincy, MA and Peabody Essex Museum Prize (Carlos Garaicoa) Street Musicians exhibit, Peabody, MA
2022-Present: Member of Performing Arts Center of Metrowest Flute Choir (flute, piccolo, alto flute), Framingham, MA
2018-Present: Flutist and piccoloist in Calliope, a collaborative orchestra and choir ensemble in Boston, MA
2017-Present: Flutist and solo piccoloist for Randolph Community Band, Randolph, MA
2008-2022: Flutist in Colleges of the Fenway Orchestra and Flute Choir, Boston, MA
2007-Performed on Bass Flute in the National Flute Association Professional Flute Choir
2007-Flutist/piccoloist representing Wittenberg University in the Ohio Private College Instrumental Conductors Association Honor Hand
2005-Awarded Talent Scholarship for Flute at Wittenberg University
2003-Performed Cecile Chaminade's "Concertino" with High School Band
I am a passionate, dedicated teacher and flute player who enjoys working with students of all ages and sharing my love of music. I graduated from Wittenberg University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Music. While at Wittenberg, I played the flute and piccolo with several musical groups on campus. In 2007, I auditioned for and was selected to play the bass flute in the National Flute Association Professional Flute Choir. I was also selected to play flute and piccolo in the Ohio Private College Instrumental Conductor's Association Honor Band representing Wittenberg University. I attended Simmons College for graduate school, receiving both an Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Secondary Education and a Master of Science in Education degree in Special Education. I am certified in Massachusetts to teach both areas. While at Simmons College, I played the flute, piccolo, and alto flute in the Colleges of the Fenway Orchestra. I continue to play in the orchestra as an alumna member. I also play the flute in a flute and piano duo and in a flute duet. Over the years, I have played the flute, piccolo, and alto flute in bands, orchestras, honor bands, and flute choirs, playing a principal role in many of them. I have studied flute with flutists in the Hartford, CT Symphony Orchestra, Springfield, OH and Columbus, OH Symphony Orchestras, and well-known flutists in the Boston, MA region.
My teaching experience began at Wittenberg University, where I was privileged to teach flute and piccolo at a middle school and high school in Springfield, OH. I very much enjoyed this opportunity and my students were beginning-intermediate level. I taught both private lessons and small group lessons. I currently teach private flute lessons to beginning-intermediate students in the Boston, MA region. For my beginning students, I emphasize proper technique, correct hand position, accurate posture when both sitting and standing, breathing techniques, getting a good tone, and early music theory. For my intermediate students, I emphasize the previous areas plus giving them exposure to more challenging flute music, teaching them how to practice with purpose, and more advanced music theory. I always strive to make my lessons fun and interesting. My goal is to motivate them to want to do well and stick with the flute! I never want a student to be discouraged or frustrated. I mostly teach classical music but also enjoy teaching more modern music, Disney songs, Broadway songs, et cetera. Having teaching backgrounds in both general education and special education fully enables me to meet each student's learning needs and truly individualize instruction, even when English is not the student's first language.
For my beginning students, I either use the beginning band book they are using at school, the Rubank series, Breeze-easy method, or if more appropriate, I custom design lesson plans. For my intermediate students, I work off of the band/orchestra pieces they are learning, and/or supplement more standard flute pieces, some with piano accompaniment. I also use higher level flute study books such as the intermediate-advanced Rubank series, Taffanel and Gaubert exercises, Tone Development and Interpretation by Marcel Moyse, et cetera. If appropriate, I use a combination of these books or I might custom design a lesson plan. In all cases, I play duets with students and we work on sight-reading and scales. My instruction is always guided by the student's current level on the flute, and his or her learning needs.
I want my students to enjoy their lessons and develop a passion for music! I truly believe that given proper age and developmentally appropriate instruction, my students will progress and have fun, too! I always set appropriate, realistic goals for my students, which are continually changing. I always acknowledge when a student has done well and for my younger students, this can involve earning a prize. When providing feedback to students, both positive and in areas needing improvement, I always strive to be encouraging and always start and end my feedback positively. I always try to find out what motivates the student, so that I can better tailor my instruction to their individual learning styles and interests.