I am always eager to welcome enthusiastic students into my studios!
In addition to teaching flute students at Longwood University I also accept students of all ages at my home studio in Crozet. I am trained in the Suzuki Method through Book 2 and use this approach with my youngest students. Regardless of age or method, my approach is flexible and tailored to each child.
My teaching philosophy
I love to see a spark of inspiration, a creative idea, or sense of accomplishment in a student’s eyes. These moments of discovery and the relationships forged in the learning process feed my soul. I strive to create a warm learning environment where students feel safe to explore, experiment, and be themselves while discovering the joys of music and flute playing. I incorporate fun and laughter whenever I can, and if a student has had a bad day and brings tears into the lesson—that’s okay too. I work to bring music into students’ lives in the ways that work best for them on any given day, in any given moment.
I see the study of music as a journey without a final destination. Even though I have performed and taught professionally for many years I continue to strive for excellence as a flutist and growth as a musician and teacher. I do my best to pass this outlook on to my students, especially those aiming toward a music career. I am relentless in searching for new and creative approaches to teaching music and flute playing. In fact, I’m currently enrolled in an online improvisation class that inspires and challenges me. I also recently took a private online lesson with a Suzuki teacher trainer, just to review and learn new things. I aim to be a lifelong learner and hope my students will be too!
Membership/principal positions in Youth Orchestras of Central Virginia ensembles (Youth Symphony, Evans Orchestra, and all flute ensembles); and in the Tulsa Youth Symphony Orchestra.
District Festival and All-State bands/orchestras in Virginia, Oklahoma, and Kansas; Senior Regional Orchestra in Virginia.
Virginia Summer Residential Governor’s School for the Arts, Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair High School Flute Choir, Interlochen Summer Arts Camp (MI), Quartz Mountain Music Festival (OK), Tanglewood Flute Workshop (MA), North Carolina School of the Arts Flute Masterclass with Tadeo Coelho.