I’m a musician and teacher from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.
I’ve been teaching private piano and horn lessons since 2008, and I direct a number of youth and adult ensembles in the Milwaukee area. Encouraging young people to reach their greatest potential in music, while also supporting balance with academics, athletics, other extracurriculars and community involvement, is extremely important to me.
I play piano and horn for various purposes, as well. Staying relevant as a performer is valuable to those in my studio… and myself!
How did I get my start as a private teacher?
I’ll admit it… I never expected to become a teacher! In 2007 I had a regular gig as a keyboardist in Wind Lake, WI. Not long after I’d taken that role, a parent who’d seen and heard me play approached me, asking if I’d consider teaching piano to his three children. Whoa! My initial reaction: “Kids are awesome, I know music well, and I sure could use some extra cash… let’s give this a whirl!”
Word spread. Other parents started asking me if I would work with their children… Ultimately I decided it was time to start my own studio in Wind Lake. After a couple years and various life changes, it made more sense to host my studio in Wauwatosa, where I continue to instruct on piano and horn – the two instruments I’ve spent much time on, as a student and performer.
I love teaching privately! Being able to work one-on-one with students allows me to adapt to their individual personalities and needs. I have spent a lot of time networking with other private teachers, attending workshops, learning methods and repertoire, volunteering with places such as the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, etc. I want to be a well-connected, resourceful teacher for my students and their families. I take it seriously, with the expectation that my students will as well.
I am all in on this!