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I am so inspired and thankful for music; it has the power to uplift spirits. I am equally inspired by the opportunity to help students of any level, from children to senior aged, develop musically. My strength lies in meeting students where they are and helping to lay a path that draws out their brand of music making. I work hard to create a safe learning environment that is fun and playful. We ‘play’ our instruments after all!  Developing musical tastes, personal style, sense of achievement, and ability to self-learn are foundational outcomes I look to advance over the course of lessons. As appropriate, instruction includes technical facility, ear training, reading music, rhythm skills, practice and performance habits, repertoire, music theory, transcription, singing, accompaniment, and improvisation. Musical genres include classical, jazz, blues, gospel, pop, and Latin styles. I also teach students playing in big band or small ensembles.

I graduated William Paterson University with a BA in Music Studies and focus in classical performance. In subsequent years I trained primarily as a jazz musician with private teachers on both the east and west coast. I perform in various combos in the Seattle area. I have given lessons since the late 90s.

 

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