I have undergraduate and graduate degrees in music and throughout my studies I have had to undergo rigorous ear training exams. This includes melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic dictation, as well as sight singing. In addition, my extensive choral experience has aided in my own understanding of useful ways to apply the material. At Yale I served as a graduate assistant to the Hearing and Analysis Department in the School of Music where I administered piano proficiency tests and taught graduate level music theory in the absence of the professor.
Throughout my undergraduate and graduate education I have taken several courses in music history ranging from music in Ancient Greece up to music being written today. My credits include 4 semesters of general music history at the University of Evansville, and several graduate level music history courses at Yale including Oratorio in the 17th and 18th Centuries, 16th Century Counterpoint, The Life and Music of Johann Sebastian Bach, and Music up to 1700.
I have 17 years experience as a keyboard performer and have undergraduate and graduate degrees in these keyboard instruments. I have extensive experience teaching students of all levels, from never having even touched a piano, to graduate level proficiency as a secondary instrument. I have taken piano pedagogy classes, which address techniques, issues, and strategies for effective teaching and planning.