I have been involved in music since I was very young. I learned piano at an early age and started playing the trumpet in grade 6. I don't have a music degree, but have a masters degree in education from St. Mary's University. My undergraduate degree is from Augsburg College where I played trumpet in jazz band and concert band. I also took lessons from Lynn Erickson of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra throughout college. Currently, I am an IT Manager at the University of Minnesota. You can see that I have a long history in the education world, but I would like to focus more on teaching. Recently, I began giving lessons to my niece which has been quite rewarding and I would like to expand my student base. I have a great deal of patience and a knack for helping kids understand the importance of fundamentals, but at the same time have enough fun to keep them interested.