I have been involved with music since I was four years of age, when I gave my first hour long recital by ear. At age 11, I performed a Mozart Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. I went on to compete nationally, receiving full scholarships to Interlochen Arts Academy, studying theory and composition at Mannes College of music and completing my Bachelor’s in Music Education at Elmhurst college.
As a general music teacher, I have over nineteen years of experience in the elementary public school system. I taught grades Kindergarten through 5th grades.Our general music program was based on inclusion of all cultures, based in the teachings of Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman, using a variety of folk and child based repertoire, movement and ensemble playing with instruments such as xylophones,drums and recorder. Our curriculum included a 4th and 5th grade choir, holiday concerts, opera performances and spring choral festivals. I worked as a general music teacher in the Oak Park Public School systems for fifteen years.
Over the past year, I have completed my training in Dalcroze Eurthyhmics. In the past ten years,I have studied the Taubman Technique for over ten years with Dr. Terry Dybvig of the Well Balanced Pianist and Heidi Mayer in Park Ridge, Illinois. I have attended numerous training sessions focusing on technique with the goal of providing ease of playing from beginning piano students to post college level performance. I work with pianists who need to improve their technique and find more ease in their playing. Pianists who suffer from pain or injuries may also consult with me for further exploration and training in technique.
My numerous years of training, experience and performance both in piano and at the public schools allow me to have a unique view on the education of children. In my home studio we incorporate movement, improvisation and sound technical suggestions for ease of playing and artistry. I maintained a piano studio, titled mindfulmusicians for over ten years.
I believe in music as empowering both the individual and providing an opportunity to strengthen the community. Through song, movement, creativity and discipline, students can learn the value of their own personal expression as well as their ability to contribute to a greater experience together.
Over the past few years, I have worked as an adjudicator in major scholarship competitions and festivals throughout the Chicago area. I have also given several presentations on the experience of movement and music. I have given several solo classical music performances for fundraising events at the PianoForte Salon in Chicago, Illinois from 2007-2012. Included on my website is an excerpt of one of these performances.