Musician and instructor with more than 40+ years experience performing and helping others to fulfill their musical aspirations. Able to perform and teach in a variety of formats over multiple genres.
Started playing accordion at age 7. Massachusetts State Champion at age 10, 11 and 12.
Attended Holyoke Community College, majoring in Music Education.
25+ years experience performing solo and in various bands throughout the East coast.
Performing for a variety of venues within a multiple of musical genres.
Have written over 100 songs, and produced 4 solo CD's and currently producing the 5th CD in the studio.
20+ years experience as a recording studio session player providing keyboard tracks across musical genres.
Designed a program for the public libraries throughout New England and New Mexico, to teach students quickly in a 5 week course in a classroom environment on keyboards. With this course students learned the basics of music, and to play simple popular music.
Program so well received, a local cable access tv station taped the lessons and they still are playing today.
With my diverse background, I offer many options for students to learn in a unique and exciting way, with the focus on student goals, and success.
Piano, Singing, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory
I love people of all ages. And I love helping them discover what beautiful things they can create, especially in the world of music. Music is such a powerful way to express ourselves, and I love helping others learn how to do this and really enjoy it.
I have played piano since I was three. When I was able to read at age four, I began lessons, and the rest is history. I graduated from Wheaton Conservatory of Music with a degree in Piano Performance, and completed a Master's degree in Piano Performance at University of Redlands. I love to perform, have written several songs, with and without lyrics, produced three CD's all with original music I perform, and am now in the process of creating a fourth CD featuring several classical works for piano. I have just completed writing a musical and am looking forward to having it produced. I love seeing people get touched with music and love to create and help others perform music that really speaks to the heart. It's my passion.
I teach all styles of music, and love teaching children, adults, and everything in between!
I have also sung in various choirs of all types and accompanied them on the piano as well for many years. I was recently Musical Director for Sound of Music where I taught beginning and intermediate singers how to train their voices and use proper techniques. It was a great success.
My goal for the student is for them to feel good about themselves as a musician and to be able to express themselves and reach the highest level of performance possible for them.
My students perform regularly in recitals and competitions, and we have a lot of fun! Lessons are a great experience for us all.
Singing, Violin, Broadway Singing, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Viola
Music is the biggest passion in my life. I love being able to share that gift with my students, and look forward to their progress as much as my own. I continue to grow and develop as a musician, and love connecting with people through music. My students all learn to love and appreciate music, theory and performing as I share my knowledge and expertise.
I have degrees in Violin, Viola and Vocal Performance, that I earned while on full scholarship for music. I started violin as a young child with the Suzuki Method and later added viola. I began singing professional gigs while still in high school, and was the youngest member ever with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Chorus at 17. I also have extensive experience singing in non-classical groups and bands and am comfortable performing and teaching musical theatre, pop, country, opera, operetta, and church music. With solid vocal technique my students are able to cross genres with ease, and sing whatever inspires them musically.
I currently sing with the San Diego Master Chorale and the San Diego Symphony. I was concertmaster in several symphony orchestras and have played as section leader for viola in numerous groups. I also play in and manage a string quartet and am also currently coaching small group string ensembles. My siblings and I have played in our family string quartet for over 20 years, and still perform together.
I am comfortable teaching with various different methods, and cater lesson plans to the individual student. With over 14 years of teaching experience, I have taught students that vary in age from 3 to 75 years old, and am very comfortable with teaching children.
I started piano lessons when I was about 6 years old. I graduated from the University of Arizona in Tucson with a BA in Music Education. After moving to San Diego, I spent the next 20 years or so being a wife and mom and raising 3 kids, one of them a special needs child due to a drowning accident. I've been a church pianist and choir director for almost 30 years and worked at a charter school in Lakeside as a choir teacher and Music History class teacher. I started teaching piano about 10 years ago on the recommendation of a friend and fell in love with it! I have taught kids from the ages of 6 to 16, but would welcome adult students.
I enjoy and can teach many different musical styles on the piano. If you like classical, we can do classical. If you like pop or Broadway, we can do pop or Broadway. If you like contemporary Christian, we can do that. I'm a good sight reader and can help students who are interested learn how. I can also teach improvisation using chords with or without a melody line for students who'd like to learn. I encourage older students to bring in music they are interested in learning. The sky's the limit!
Drum, Piano, Music Theory, Percussion, Trumpet
As far back as I can remember, music has been a central part of my life. I grew up in a musical family; my father a drummer and pianist, my mother a woodwinds player, and my brother a bassist, I have been surrounded by music as far back as I can recall.
In 3rd grade, I remember seeing a brass quintet play at my elementary school auditorium. This was the moment I knew the trumpet was for me! From 3rd grade to my senior year in high school, I took private lessons and played in the top groups on trumpet and percussion - eventually achieving such awards as "Best Soloist at a College Jazz Festival" and "Musician of the Year at San Diego School for Creative and Performing Arts." Upon graduating from San Diego SCPA in 2005, I became interested in recording and audio engineering – eventually working as a 2nd engineer at Signature Sound in Clairemont, and main engineer at Proxy Music in Oceanside. This afforded me the opportunity to work with some of San Diego’s finest musicians and recording artists, including Joe Marlett, Danny Campbell, Dave Curtis, Wayne Johnson, Gregory Page, Marshall Hawkins, James East, Shep Meyers and many others.
After a few years of playing in various groups and working in the studio - I decided to further pursue my academic and musical endeavors. In 2008, I attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston on scholarship - majoring in Professional Music with an emphasis on performance and composition. In 2011, I graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in music. It was here I had the opportunity to study with some of the most highly acclaimed musicians from around the world.
Currently, I am an active music performer and teacher in the San Diego area. I often encourage my students to come out and see my concerts, or any other concerts of interest. I believe live music is the best source of musical inspiration!
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Classical Guitar, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting
Every musician was first and foremost a fan of music. My love of
music began when my mother took me to a performance of Beethoven's
fifth symphony when, coincidentally, I was five. From that point, I
started fervently listening to my mother's records (those are the
huge, black monstrosities that people in the pre-historic used in
place of iPods), followed closely by my father's CD collection.
After a while, this ravenous desire of to know and feel music moved
me to play an instrument. After a couple of false starts with the
drums and violin, I found my true musical calling: the guitar.
On January 25th 1995, on a whim, I began playing the
guitar, and I have yet to put it down. Along the way I've picked up
a number of friends for my guitar, including the bass, the lute, the
sitar and, once again, the drums. After only a few years of
practice, I started playing professionally, in bands and solo guitar.
Live playing experience, I believe, is the most important experience
that any musician can have, in that, the most important part of music
is how it sounds, and playing in front of people is the quickest way
to learn how to play effectively. And this is what I teach; how to
be a musician, not just a technician.
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