I began my musical experience very young coming from a family of musicians. Singing was always seen as an important means of communication, emotional release and fun. Listening to many genres of music was paramount in my household, as well as experiencing many live performances.
My formal training began at seven where I learned to play the clarinet. I was very involved in many performance groups, including orchestras and small groups, playing the clarinet and baritone saxophone. I also became very active in choirs, solo singing and musical theater. Many of the groups I played in were on the state level, winning awards, and playing around the Northeast and Canada.
My formal education continued at the University of North Texas, known for an exemplary composition and early music program. I graduated with a degree in Music Theory and Composition, working in the Graduate level in Schenkerian Analysis and Ethnomusicology.
Upon the birth of my own two children, I realized the need for music for the very young. I embarked in thorough research on brain development in children and adults. I developed a music curriculum for children from ages six months to six years that is currently being used in YMCA’s across the country. This curriculum is based on a holistic approach to music, incorporating the entire body, listening of varied genres of music, respecting a child’s innate talent for music appreciation and music making.
I have since expanded this curriculum to engage people of all ages and abilities, meeting them where they are musically, and empowering them to expand their musical experience. Through private lessons, group classes, and performances, with respect, love and gratitude, I have taught hundreds of individuals in the South Shore of Massachusetts.