A musician since age 4, Teresa's dad took her early passion for music seriously. So she respects the power that parents have to foster their children's musical lives! She notes the many stories she has heard over the years: "If someone had just supported my interest"... "If my teacher had listened to what I wanted to learn."
These stories and her own passion for music-making inform her approach. A degreed music educator and multi-instrumentalist, she celebrates and uses the musical interests of her students to move them forward. She has three grown sons, including two touring musicians. Their musical lives also influence her work with children, young people, and adults. The point is to celebrate and develop each student's unique, interest-based musical self-expression.
In her home teaching studio in Sherwood Forest, CA, 30 minutes is the perfect lesson time for most purposes. Options include piano, voice, ukulele, beginning guitar, music reading/theory, and preparation for auditions. Teresa also conducts early childhood music sessions for 3 to 5 year-olds and is available to do group sessions.
45-minute and 60-minute sessions are also available as needed. Teresa recommends 45 minutes to an hour for audition preparation.
Teresa consults with schools and other organizations in developing music curricula and programming to support the expression of student interests and promote integrated 21st century learning. Music and the arts make an extraordinary difference in the lives of children and impact neurological development in ways that last a lifetime.
Teresa coaches clients on personal and professional goals, relationships, and health and wellness. She specializes in a nurturing, balanced approach in which daily life should be very, very good!
In the midst of thirty years of educational, creative, and business positions and pursuits, from the deep south to New England and now in Southern California since 2004, Teresa has been teaching privately.
Orff Schulwerk is a venerable music education modality incorporating singing, movement, un-pitched and pitched percussion instruments, recorder, poetry, stories, songs, and the richness of repertoire from various cultural traditions.
Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.