I am a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) through the Music Teachers National Association. MTNA is "the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers."
Through the national, state and local Edmonds Music Teachers Association, I'm able to offer my students multiple performance and learning opportunities. These events give students goals to achieve and successes to relish.
I am now in my 11th year of teaching piano. I enjoy working with students of all ages. My path from learning the piano as a child to teaching the piano as an adult is unique.
I began piano lessons at the age of eight in my hometown of Fargo, North Dakota, with a wonderful teacher, Mrs. Jacobson, who specialized in teaching students through their first five years of study. I moved on to study with several teachers through high school, including Andrew Froehlich at North Dakota State University.
I attended my first year of college at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and then transferred to Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, where I finished my college education. I studied piano performance with several teachers, including Joe Kline and Margaret May Ott. I performed in multiple recitals each year and count myself lucky to have had the opportunity to play Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor with the Gonzaga University Symphony Orchestra.
My college studies were steeped in piano performance, music theory, composition, music history and jazz.
In college, my love of music was paired with another passion which was journalism, my other major and my first career. I worked in television news for 15 years, starting with a fellowship in New York City with the International Radio Television Society. I moved on to work in four cities as an assignment editor and news producer. My last position was with KOMO-4 News, where I produced daily newscasts for seven years. The work was intense and I loved it. But with the birth of my children, my goals and desires changed and so did my career. I continued to work as a freelance writer, while staying home with my two boys, who were two and four at the time. As my older child entered Maplewood CO-OP K-8 School in Edmonds, Washington, my extensive volunteer work with students revealed how much I enjoy working with other children as well.
With my background in music, I began college studies of piano pedagogy to deepen my understanding of teaching children and adults how to play the piano. As I began teaching, I became a member of the the Edmonds Music Teachers Association, an affiliate of the Washington State Music Teachers Association and MTNA. In addition to performance activities for my students, EMTA offers me ongoing pedagogy education through speakers, workshops and conferences.
Like my very first teacher, I specialize in teaching beginner to early advanced students. And like that eight-year-old I once was, I still love to practice and perform.