Music is felt at the very core of the soul and can be a rewarding experience for performer and listener alike.
My experience includes both education as well as performance at high levels. I graduated from Eastman School of Music with a Bachelors in Music - majoring in Instrumental Music Education as well as Harp Performance and minoring in Flute Performance. My Masters in Music is from Roosevelt University in Chicago, during which period I maintained a private studio of harp students as well as performing as Principal Harpist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. I have played numerous times with the Chicago Symphony, the Toronto Symphony, and the Baltimore Symphony, in addition to various smaller orchestras internationally. Thus, I understand the pressures placed on performers in the field and how easily frustrations add up.
I have had a private studio throughout my career and enjoy the enriching experience of teaching music to both young-in-age and young-at-heart. My philosophy is that all have the ability to learn music - no matter the age or experience level. A favorite mantra is that "we never stop learning or growing." I place emphasis on all aspects of music - rhythm, technique, notes, phrasing, dynamics, artistry - and their connection to the performer and the audience.
My responsibility as a teacher is to bring the music out of the student and instruct students in an articulate and respectful manner while still having fun! Student and teacher must work together to establish the student's relationship with music and the instrument, which needs to include discipline, motivation, and love.
I also have a passion for writing - both academic and creative - and have experience in technical writing and editing. My approach to writing is similar to music in the attention to detail while having an over-arching foundation and plan.
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