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BM, Ithaca College 1988, Music Education (Flute)
2013 Recording "True Stories" CD
2012 Member NARAS (Recording Academy)
2004-2005 US Tour "Wakening" CD, International radio play, Charted Top 40 College & Public Radio
2003 Produced Pat Nevins "Shakey Zimmerman"
2002 US Tour"Apotheosis" CD, International radio play, heavy rotation satellite radio
I'm an experienced and caring instructor who loves to see students empowered in their own creativity and excellence. I received my Bachelor's in Music Education from Ithaca College in 1988. I have recorded and released three projects so far that have received radio play internationally and been on the charts on college & public radio. My travels performing music in the U.S. and beyond have enriched my life immeasurably and I love sharing the spark of imagination with my students.
I began teaching private lessons part-time when I was still in high school on Long Island. I have taught in elementary day care in the early 1990's and taught in public schools elementary general music and chorus, beginning instrumental music at the elementary level, as well as middle school orchestra in the San Lorenzo Unified School District. After a vocal chord injury, I left the public schools to create my indie record label, produce new projects and allow healing. Several years ago, I went back to teaching private lessons through a music store, and have since relocated my studio to my home. I love the positive energy my students bring to their lessons, and enjoy encouraging them to be the best they can be in music, and in their lives. I love to work with students of all ages who really want to learn!
I tailor my lessons to the needs of the individual student. I use a combination of lesson books, solos and exercises to bring out the best performances my students can achieve at the time. I feel it is important for us to have fun while learning. I also use practice sheets as a motivational tool for children, so they can earn stickers and small prizes for putting the practice time in required to learn the skills needed to continue moving to the next level. No matter what level, we work together to attain the best results possible.
I love seeing my students grow in their knowledge and appreciation of music! Excellence is rewarding, and I teach the process to get there from whatever level we begin. I use positive reinforcement and notice what the student is doing right. Then, I give critique and an action plan to improve performance. It feels good for the student and teacher when they learn the methods to break down what is currently difficult into smaller pieces so that it is both manageable and possible to go further than they thought. This is a skill that can help students not only in music, but in all aspects of their studies and life. We work together to rise above any challenges and create successes.
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