Subject(s): Music , Music Theory, Voice , Piano, Music History, Music Methods, Higher Education, Online Learning
Grade(s): Middle School / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / College
I completed my undergraduate work at West Liberty University earning my
Bachelors’ degree in 2009 where my focus was choral and vocal music education and a Masters degree in vocal performance from MarshallUniversity in 2011. I completed a certification in adult learning from Capella University in 2013.. I serve as an adjudicator for WV region VI solo and ensemble festivals and maintain professional memberships in National Association of Teachers of singing ( NATS), National association for
the study and performance of African American Music, (NSPAAM) National association for music education (NAfME), and American Choral directors association ( ACDA).
My research interests include African American spirituals and art songs,
and vocal pedagogy for those with sensory disabilities.
I am the voice teacher and choir director of Braille Beats; a 7-10 day
Fine Arts Intensive Camp in Lapeer MI for Blind and Visually Impaired
students ages 9- Adult with an interest in the fine arts. There I also teach Secondary and Post-Secondary music theory.
I am enrolled in the Master's of Education in curriculum and instruction with an empathize on methods and curriculum at Concordia University. I would like to become a more effective teacher with both my K-12 and adult students and my dream job is to teach at the collegiate level. I've been to many different colleges, I wanted to obtain my teaching certification in Music and Special Ed but I am finding that difficult now with funding cuts and there are not many alternative routes to teaching certification anymore. I call myself a "freelance" teacher because I go where I am called. I usually end up going into classrooms that are Pre-K through adult and doing various workshops on music topics or doing clinics with bands, and choirs or music classes. I also do a lot of mentoring for those looking to go into music. I've taught MOOCS ( Massive open online courses ) on various music topics as well as music appreciation. I am hoping and praying one day to have my own classroom either in a school district or at the college level.
I am a voice teacher, music clinician and performer.I live with my husband Don and my three fur babies ( cats) Lilla, Skye and Harmony. We are currently living in West Virginia but will be making a move to Michigan very soon.