I believe everyone is deeply and profoundly musical. I was fortunate to be exposed to the joy of making music by my musical family. But I believe that anyone, regardless background, can have music as a companion in life!
I’ve played piano for most of my life; I taught school music classes for many years using the Orff-Shulwerk approach, which allows students to play and create sophisticated-sounding music before learning to read music notation. I loved teaching this way and wished that I could figure out how to teach piano in a similar way.
Then, in 2014, I read about Simply Music Piano and realized it was exactly the method I wanted. I began studying the method with Barbara Goodchild of Shelburne MA and was thrilled at how it brought new skill, freedom, and joy to my piano playing. I began the teacher training and started working with students myself right away. In July of 2016 I attended a teacher’s retreat in Seattle, WA, and was privileged to meet Neil Moore, the founder of Simply Music. I was deeply impressed with his sincere commitment to creating “a world where everyone plays.”
I was delighted to find that Simply Music had an affiliated early childhood music program called Music Rhapsody. I became a certified instructor for this program as well, and now teaching Simply Music piano and Music Rhapsody is my passion!
Education and Credentials
Cornell University, B.S., Human Development and Family Studies
University of Massachusetts, B.A., Vocal Music Education
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, M.A., Music
Massachusetts Teaching certification: Music, vocal/instrumental, prek-grade 9
Levels 1,2, and 3 Orff-Shulwerk certification
Registered Simply Music Piano teacher
Certified Music Rhapsody Instructor
Many years as a preschool teacher and parent educator.
Mosier Elementary School, South Hadley MA: General music teacher and choral director, 1998-2014.
Pioneer Valley Regional School District: General music teacher at Bernardston Elementary School and Leyden Elementary School: 2016-2018
Teaching Simply Music Piano and Music Rhapsody since 2015.
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Amherst MA 1988-2019: Junior choir director, Interim choir director, choir member and occasional vocal soloist, occasional Pianist
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Laconia New Hampshire 2019-present: Cantor, occasional pianist
Valley Light Opera, Amherst, MA: Chorus roles and small solos in several productions.
Chorus member: 2014-2019: DaCamera Singers, Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus, Pemigewasset Choral Society
South Hadley Public Schools, Pioneer Valley Public Schools: Piano accompanist for school concerts, plays, assemblies since 1998.
I have composed and written two plays for children, plus other children’s songs. I’ve also created many piano arrangements of children’s songs and several arrangements of hymns and folk songs.