Undergraduate: B.M. Northwestern University.
Postgraduate: M.M. Julliard School; Additional Doctoral Coursework at Northwestern University.
Preferred student age: Children through adults.
Preferred student level: Beginning through advanced.
How long have you been at Sherwood? Since Fall 2012.
What do you want to impart to your students through your teaching? First and foremost, a love of music and piano. Following closely is promoting patience, curiosity and a determined work ethic.
Are there specific methods or techniques that you use in your teaching that may be important to share with prospective students? For beginners, a strong foundation in note-reading coupled with good posture and hand position. I feel these are absolutely necessary for building musical confidence and ease in performance. For more advanced students, diving deeper into varying musical styles and knowledge while preparing pieces for recitals and competitions.
What do you enjoy most about teaching? Sharing all that I have learned and giving back to the future of music.
Briefly describe your musical pursuits outside Sherwood. Performing as a soloist and chamber musician in Chicago and around the U.S.. Collaborating with composers and other artists to create new and exciting work. Teaching and coaching at the Merit School of Music and Old Town School of Folk Music.
What is your earliest musical experience or best musical memory? Earliest musical experience (and it’s embarrassingly documented): sitting on a piano bench in a diaper, wearing a birthday hat, pretending to play “Happy Birthday” to myself.
Please describe one of your favorite teachers or mentors. I couldn’t just pick one. Chuck Cushinery (Las Vegas, orchestra director and mentor) showed me patience, kindness and a genuine love of teaching. Piano teachers: Alan Chow (Northwestern) and Julian Martin (Juilliard) for their incredible open minds and love of music.
Who is your favorite composer or what is your favorite musical period? Bach