How I Can Support You
Whatever you'd like to learn on piano or guitar, we can set a curriculum that fits you personally and directly works on your music goals. Whether you want to play with others, or by yourself, learn to play songs, or learn to write them, or if you want to learn to read music, or develop your musical ear, we can make sure that lessons are tailored to exactly what you're seeking.
My experience as a Board-Certified Music Therapist can support you or your loved one to reach their full potential. You'll always be met with a friendly face and upbeat personality, and music is directly utilized in sessions to aide learning and skill development.
My background from studying at Colorado State University can help students explore piano, improvisation, songwriting and more. I also play guitar, bass, and trumpet, which allows me a unique perspective into the balance of instruments within an ensemble that can give you insight to the whole musical process.
I first became interested in supporting people using music as a kid, when I would volunteer with my sisters in nursing homes to provide piano music on Sundays. My senior year of high school, I had the opportunity to volunteer at the VA hospital in Albuquerque, NM in the Spinal Cord Injury Unit as an assistant to the Recreation Director. There, I was able to connect with the veterans through conversation and music; I realized that sharing music could be a powerful tool in bringing people together and improving their quality of life. In various ways throughout my experiences, I have found that music is a spectacular way for people to share and connect.
I began teaching in high school, providing lessons to students on the piano and guitar in 2008. I worked at Piano & Guitar Institute in Fort Collins, CO from 2014 to 2016 where I worked with a team of teachers and did recitals for over 200 students. I established my own teaching business when I moved to the other side of the country.
At Colorado State, I studied in the classical piano studio and also took jazz lessons and joined the jazz ensembles. I accompanied students on other instruments for their music final exams. I played in the marching band on the trumpet. I took the opportunity to play live music in local bands as well. I lived and breathed for music.
As a musician, I have been able to play many genres that has called for intensive study. I love a challenge. For my students, I see challenges we encounter on their musical journey as a great way for them to grow.
I have been providing music therapy services since 2017. Between 2016 and 2019, I worked in Washington, D.C. at a forensic psychiatric hospital called St. Elizabeths first as an intern and later a contractor. During my time there, I established an in-hospital radio station in which the individuals could be DJs, have conversations on the show, and play music they selected. In my time as a music therapist, I have worked with individuals and with groups.
Whether it's music lessons or music therapy, with each individual I work with, I recognize the importance of meeting them where they are and providing a space conducive to individual strengths, needs, and goals. I have had the joy of working with people from many different walks of life, from young children to older adults. I have worked with kids and adults with developmental disabilities, autism, and learning disabilities such as dyslexia. I have also worked with older adults with Parkinson's Disease and dementia. If your loved one needs certain accomodations during their music lessons, we can work together to find strategies to best suit them in their learning.
Offering kindness, warmth, and care. Providing individualized, high-quality music lessons and music therapy sessions specialized to you or your loved one's interests, strengths, and needs. Developing a special connection with each person and appreciating their unique path in the world.