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.
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.
Piano, Violin, Music Theory, Phonics, Reading
I have led a colorful life encompassing a wide range of life experiences, playing electric and acoustic violin or fiddle in many professional venues before and after arriving in New York City in the mid-80's. I retired as a member of New York City's Local 802, AFL-CIO, Associated Musicians of Greater New York, to move to the borscht belt of the NY countryside with my husband in late 1990. We had a horse farm; that enterprise became a profession of its own during those years. However, upon arriving in Florida in 2004, I returned to playing music, thanks to meeting many wonderful musicians here in SW Florida. My original musical training as child and teen was classical music on piano and violin. My appreciation and love of various styles has broadened out over the years, including a love for Blues, Jazz, Swing and 40's standards, opera, Klezmer and some Country Western (swing!) and Bluegrass here in Florida. In 2005, I assembled a group of professional musicians who had been playing various styles of music including jazz, bluegrass and
classical and created a Klezmer-based group to play for events on the Southwest coast of Florida. KlezMania On The Gulf began performing as a group shortly thereafter and continues to entertain lovers of Klezmer, swing jazz and good American standards.
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