Music and Teaching Experience
I have over 30 years of performing and teaching experience. I hold four degrees, including a Bachelor of Music from San Francisco State University. I’ve also held an Oregon State public school teaching license in music as well as a doctorate in education. I was a church music director for 20 years producing over 50 dramatic musicals for children and adults. I perform in local orchestras, and I enjoy playing in local chamber music groups. I find great delight in helping others discover their talents and supporting their development.
Goals: I want my students to be goal oriented. They need to know why they want to express themselves through music. I help them articulate their goals and coach them in figuring out how to accomplish them.
Instruction: Instruction is based on the student’s specific goals. The goals are achieved by success in the small steps that lead to their development. Success step by step is motivating as the student sees their own progress.
Methods: A balanced approach of teacher modeling or demonstration, varied examples representative of excellence in the field, and guided student experimentation serve well to facilitate musical skill and expression.
Musical skill: Having a solid technical foundation is essential for students to be free to express the music that is within them without encumbrances. It’s also important for being able to sing or play an instrument for the rest of their lives in a healthy and safe way. Establishing good playing habits early on will avoid having to spend valuable time relearning technique later. Practice doesn’t make perfect, practice makes permanent!
Practicing is stimulating: Students need to know what they are practicing and why they are practicing every week. Nothing is more encouraging for students than realizing steady progress towards their own goals.
Performances are mileposts: Music should be shared with others, even if it’s just for your close friends and family. It’s more than getting the right notes and displaying great technique. It’s a memorable and expressive release of the music from within.
Enjoying the journey: Music is fun! Whether it’s a hobby or a professional pursuit, students will want to love the process of learning and sharing their music with others.
2007 M.Ed. – TESOL, Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ
2003 Ed.D. – Educational Administration, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA
1991 M.A. – Pastoral Studies, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa,CA
1977 B.M. – Music – Performance and Music Education, San Francisco State University
2007 Oregon Teaching License – Early Childhood/Elementary with Music and ESOL/bilingual endorsements (Spanish)
1992 California Teaching Credentials – Multiple Subjects, Music, Bilingual
2001-2006 School Administrator
1993 – 2010 Elementary bilingual and sheltered English teacher and secondary level Spanish teacher
1978 -2003 Private Music Teacher and Music Pastor/Director– Taught private music lessons with classical and contemporary emphasis; Directed total church music program encompassing music education and performance, including fully produced musical theater productions for children and adults involving up to 250 participants (choral directing, drama casting and directing, script writing, sets, props, make-up, sound, lighting, publicity, budgeting, and orchestration).
2012- Silverwind Strings (string quartet), Salem Philharmonia Orchestra, other Chamber Music Groups
2006-2010 Circle Of Fifths – String quintet (Salem’s Camerata Musica series); Camerata Chamber music play-in sessions
2005- Salem Pops Orchestra, Oregon
2002 Modesto JC Orchestra, California
1978-2003 Music Director – Choir, orchestra, musicals, touring ensembles, soloist
1973-1977 CSU, San Francisco Symphonic, Opera, and String Orchestras; Studied with Tom Heimberg and Donald Erlich, members of the San Francisco Symphony; Napa Symphony; Vallejo Symphony; free-lance playing for recordings and church concerts; Chamber music workshops: CSU, Eureka and CSU, San Jose
1971 California Musician’s Union summer youth camp orchestra
1972 America’s Youth in Concert Orchestra – US/European tour: Carnegie Hall in New York City, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, London, Brussels, Paris, Salzburg, Venice, Florence, and Rome.
1970-1973 California Youth Symphony, Los Altos, CA; Studied with Ferne Carlisle, member of the San Jose Symphony