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About the Teacher

If there is anything I love as much as making music, it’s teaching others about music. A native of the Pacific Northwest, I taught my first piano lesson to a family friend when I was 14 years old, which was enough to convince me that this was the career for me! I went on to study piano performance at Pacific Lutheran University with Amy Grinsteiner, where I had a number of private students and received training in piano pedagogy. After graduation, I took a slight detour from music and moved to New York City to become a full-time preschool special education teacher. While in New York City, I received a masters in teaching from Fordham University, with a concentration in early childhood special education, and continued my piano studies privately with Andrew Axelrod.

After a couple years in New York, it was time to return full-time to music. I was offered a graduate teaching assistantship at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where I pursued a double concentration in collaborative piano with Nadine Shank and music history with Erinn Knyt. While at the University of Massachusetts, I taught class piano to undergraduate music majors, piano lessons to music minors, piano pedagogy to piano majors, and was a TA for the aural skills classes. After graduating with my second masters, I accepted faculty positions at first Bay Path University and later Smith College. While teaching at the college level, I also had a large private studio both at my home and at Community Music School of Springfield, and was the director of a couple of professional chamber music concert series with youth training programs. I also founded and directed the Adaptive Music Partnership, an outreach program in Springfield that provided teacher training in special education teaching techniques as well as music classes for special education students.

After 8 years on the east coast, my husband and I felt it was time to return to our roots and be closer to our family in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. We moved to Portland, Oregon, where I currently have a private piano studio in the southeast neighborhood. I welcome students of all ages and levels. (From ages 3 to 103!) I teach a variety of styles at the foundational level, and advanced students are trained in the classical repertoire.