Sunday, February 17, 2013

About Me

I have been singing and playing instruments ever since I can remember. The oldest daughter of a high school choir teacher, it was up to me to set the "musical" example for my younger sisters. I began taking private piano lessons at age 5 and private violin lessons at age 7. I participated in school choirs, orchestras, and bands. I received a Bachelor Degree from Utah State University in Music Education with a Choral Emphasis and finished my Masters Degree in Music Education from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. I have completed Levels I and II Orff Schulwerk certification and am certified in 3 levels of Kodaly.

I started my teaching career at a K-9 charter school in Utah, where I taught orchestra, band, choir, and general music to all 10 grade levels.  Crazy - and I did it for 2 years!  We then moved to Ohio, where I taught grades 9-12 choir and keyboard music, for 2 more years.  We then moved to Georgia, where I taught at another charter school, but this one only grades K-5 - and I taught general music, choir, and band.  We have recently moved (AGAIN!) to Kansas, where I currently teach grades K-5 in general music and choir.  Call me crazy with all of the moving, but all of my experience has taught me some life lessons, and I have learned so much about different cultures and areas of the country - it has truly been rewarding.