I'm very happy to be teaching for the Chandler School District. I grew up in Mesa, AZ and have taught strings since 1997 in various parts of the States and overseas. I'm thankful to be back in the Valley of the Sun and to bring my experience as a teacher and professional musician to my students in Chandler.
My Education and Professional Background
My various teaching positions have led me to various parts of the States and overseas. I have had the privilege to serve as the Director for the Suzuki Academy of Columbia in South Carolina and also as an adjunct instructor in String Pedagogy at the University of South Carolina. I played regularly on violin and viola in various churches and in the South Carolina Philharmonic. Prior to living in South Carolina, I was in England where I taught Suzuki students in Cambridge and at the Royal Air Force Mildenhall and performed with the Cambridge Philharmonic. Other places that I have played and taught include Shreveport, LA, Eugene, OR, and Mesa, AZ. I have a Doctorate of Musical Arts and Master of Music Degree in Viola Performance and String Pedagogy from the University of Oregon, a Master in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, and a Bachelor of Music Education from Arizona State University.
My Educational Philosophy
I believe that all children can learn to play a musical instrument and should for the development of the brain, the body and the soul. Learning to play an instrument is a skill that can last a lifetime and promotes other skills such as coordination, discipline, goal-setting, self-confidence and self-expression.
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