I don't have lots of capital letters after my name, but I have a marvelous trove of experience which enables me to relate well to my students and to help them both discover and reach their musical goals.
I began my own piano studies at age 6 and continued those studies through both high school and college. I also played bassoon in the high school orchestra, accompanied the high school chorus at the piano, and graduated college with a degree in vocal music with a piano teaching option. I had also completed the courses necessary for state teacher certification. I spent the next eight years as a choral music director at the secondary level.
I have lived and worked as a music teacher in three Montana communities; Billings, Livingston and Missoula. Throughout most of my adult life I have offered private voice and piano lessons in my home studios in those communities. I have experience with more than thirty musicals either as a performer or musical director. I have conducted three community choruses over the years. I have sung with the symphony choruses in Billings, Bozeman, and Missoula. I have also worked as a church musician (organist, pianist, cantor, choir director and/or liturgist) in all three communities.
Aside from teaching the technical aspects of singing or playing the piano, I believe the teacher's responsibility is to instill the necessary self-confidence for each student to succeed in their musical endeavors. People who study music are more apt to be successful in their other activities. Music is a wonderful way to enable people to live on the positive side of life.