about my formal education
I received my Bachelor’s of Music Education degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas in 2005 - Home of the Lumberjacks. My Texas Teaching Certificate was awarded the same year I graduated from Stephen F. Austin.
I am a 30 year-old wife, mother, sister and daughter and love the integral role each play in my life. I am a classically-trained vocalist and pianist. A passion for family and music is at the core of my life story and my studio allows me to keep both close to my heart.
Born and raised in Plano, Texas, I was afforded exposure to wonderful music programs and teachers from elementary school through graduation. Piano, voice and choir prepared me for acceptance into the music program at Stephen F. Austin State University. I began playing piano at age 8 and auditioned for my first spot in a choir in the fifth grade. The choir bug bit and it bit hard!
from birth to college
My first passion has always been choir with piano being a close second. It has taken many forms over the years, but for the last eleven years, there has always been an aspect of choral music in my life. From lullabies for my babies to choral member to accompanist to director to clinician, teacher and coach, there isn’t a role that doesn’t bring me joy and the opportunity to share what I love.
traveling the world
Music has taken me all over the world and allowed me to experience the art in so many meaningful ways. Disney World, Vienna, Austria, Salzburg and Venice are among my favorites- each destination an opportunity that came because of choral music. Music in the form of jazz choirs, jazz bands, Madrigal groups and A Capella choirs were where and how I performed, but at the core, I was a student first. My private lesson work was cultivated in a supportive home studio environment, so it is important to me that a similar experience is at the core of what I provide for my students today. Being a student of music at the university level showed me that I can do what I love and love what I do.
working as a professional
After graduation, I directed Junior High and High School choirs for Garland ISD and Richardson ISD and met my husband, Sean. After the birth of our first child, Emily, I had a new passion to balance with my old passion and made the transition to private voice and piano instruction in my home studio.
In the past four years, I have seen astounding growth in my studio. Being afforded the opportunity to grow musicians of all ages has been true joy. I have had students make such remarkable progress that you would not recognize their voices from freshman year to graduation. I have seen students who are moderately interested in playing the piano become passionate and masterful. I have found my dream job in teaching private lessons. I am fortunate enough to share my love for the arts with young people each week. I am blessed to have parents place their trust in me while I watch their children grow in ability and confidence. It is a gift to be a part of a core group of people that help to guide a child through to their future. I was once that child and I have loved my journey and each of the many that influenced my story along the way. I make my home in Wylie, Texas with my husband, Sean, daughter, Emily (4), and son, Dylan (1).