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I belive that all students can learn. My goal is to inspire students to master the skills of learning piano. I have seen that studying music develops attention span, concentration level, perseverance, organizational skills, task completion, goal setting and self-confidence.

I have taught Suzuki Piano since 1984. I have a Bachelor of Music Degree, cum laude, from the University of Miami (Florida) School of Music. I studied saxophone, piano, flute and clarinet, played in the University of Miami jazz bands and double-majored in Music Education and Music Therapy. I have also built my own dulcimer and can strum a few chords on the guitar.

I developed an award winning children’s music program for the Glenwood Springs Public Library in the early ‘80s, played in the Crystal River Orchestra, the One Night Stand ‘40s Band and started a music and sign group at the Rocky Mountain Center for Disabilities in Glenwood Springs. I have also taught music part-time at a private school.

After moving to Vermont, I put on weekly music and story-time puppet shows at the Shelburne Vermont Public Library. I have also performed for birthday parties with the puppets that I designed and created.

I have a passion for bringing music to seniors and play regularly at assisted living and nursing homes in the Longmont area. I also play as an accompanist for the Longmont Senior Center’s Kitchen Band.

In 2005, I coordinated the Practice for Pets fund-raiser for the Humane societies of Boulder and Longmont which raised $8,000. The grand finale was a concert at the Twin-Peaks Mall in October with many students dressing up like their animal friends.

I am trained to teach the Suzuki Piano Method through Book Five. The teachers who trained me are: Beverly Fest, Robert Fraley, Marilyn Taggart and Constance Starr, the woman who brought the Suzuki Piano Method to the United States from Japan. In the summer of 2007 I attended the Colorado Music Teachers’ State Conference, as well as a pedagogy training with Carolyn Shaak, author of the Shaak Music Series, an Alfred Music Training with Dennis Alexander and a six-day intensive work-shop with the Musikgarten Company which specializes in developmentally appropriate music programs for young children. I am certified to teach piano through the Gordon Institute of Music Learning (Giml). and attend their annual workshops and conferences.

I am a member of the Music Teachers National Association which includes the Boulder Area Music Teachers Association and the Colorado State Music Teachers Association. I am also a member of the Suzuki Association of Colorado and the National Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA). I am a past president and membership chair for BAMTA and am currently the Independent Music Teachers Forum chair for the State of Colorado. I have presented a workshop at the State and local levels called "Feel the Beat off the Seat." In addition to my home studio, I also teach at The Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts in Lafayette, Colorado.

Thanks for your interest.