I have loved music for as long as I can remember. Growing up in a home full of music, with my mom and dad being classical and jazz music lovers, I was exposed to music at a very young age.
I began singing and playing piano very early in my life. It was a part of who I was–a part of my identity. I played the flute and later the bassoon in band, sang in numerous choirs, did many solos and ensembles and performed in many contests and shows.
In my middle school years, I began my life-long love of musical theater. Throughout my teen years, college, and beyond, I was in many musicals and operas. As an adult, I became involved with the community theaters, and began Musical Directing many shows, from You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown to Les Miserable.
Majoring in voice and piano, I received my Bachelor Degree in Music Education from Wichita State University in 1987. Since then, I have had a variety of teaching experiences spanning all grade levels.
I have learned so much over the years, morphing, changing and growing with every experience. I have never ceased to be passionate about music and the children I am blessed to teach.
I discovered Musikgarten in 2008, when being hired to teach at a preschool necessitated my finding a solid music curriculum for young children. I looked at many different curricula, and was delighted to find Musikgarten. I opened “The Music Garden” in 2009, and discovered that teaching children to find their musical voice is more rewarding than almost anything I have ever done.
Moving from Washington State to Georgia in 2012, I am excited about introducing Musikgarten to Fayette County. Opening “The Music Garden” is a dream come true, and I am looking forward to serving the children and families of this community for many years to come.
I am married to my husband of 22 years, Bill. We have three amazing children, Jacquelyn, Allessandra, and Christian. I have been trying to balance being a mom of three active children, a wife of a contractor who works away from home most of the time, and teaching music. Although sometimes a struggle, I have found that the rewards are well worth the effort!
My Christian faith has always been my underlying fuel for all I do. I have been very involved with my church family, serving as choir director, worship leader, soloist, and have produced, directed, and performed in many productions over the years. I consider my career an extension of my ministry, and find it a blessing to welcome these families into my studio every week.
I’ve taught for over 20 years, but as you can see, I am never finished with learning, growing, and changing. I have truly loved every child I’ve ever taught, cherishing every moment I’ve shared with each one of them.