My passion for teaching music comes from the amazing teachers I’ve had throughout life. In return, I want to help other musicians grow and develop their skills. I encourage students to be curious about music. I know that lessons are making a lasting impression when students start asking questions, experimenting with new sounds, and exploring new styles. As an instructor, I want to build student’s confidence in themselves so they can set and reach new goals.
I enjoy teaching students of all ages, styles, and purposes. In weekly voice lessons, I focus on building and maintaining good vocal foundations such as breathing, vocal placement, and technique by incorporating vocal exercises to develop the students’ musicianship. Additionally, I want to help students stretch their natural abilities and skill by adapting lessons to the student’s unique qualities and needs.
In weekly piano lessons, I use a variety of methods based on the student. I approach each lesson with a musical element and then how we apply it to playing the piano. Whether we are learning to read music, play chords, or train our ears, my goal is to instill a love of music in students.
As a songwriting coach, I help aspiring songwriters understand how all the elements of a song—music, lyrics, rhythm—tell a story. Students learn how to write and hear different melodies; how to develop lyrics and phrases; and how to structure songs for different purposes. While I encourage each student’s natural process, I will teach other processes to challenge and strengthen what is already there.
In addition to teaching, I enjoy singing, playing piano, and leading worship. I love music that declares the beauty, the greatness, and the nearness of God…no matter the style. I have been involved in worship ministry for over twenty years, starting as a choir member and growing into a worship leader and songwriter. Music is an amazing gift from God and allows us the privilege of giving our best back to him when we play, sing, and worship Him.