General
Information
PRIVATE VOICE & PIANO LESSONS

Lessons incorporate all styles of music including classical, folk, gospel, pop, and
jazz for both piano and vocal students.  Theory and technical exercises are part of
the program. The latest computer software is available to enhance student learning.

WAITING ROOM/PARKING/TELEPHONES

Lessons are conducted in my home in the lower level.  Moms or Dads are welcome to wait for their
child in my home in the lower level Waiting Room.  Tables, chairs, telephone, keyboards, TV and a
computer are available for use by those who are waiting.  If you park in the driveway, please park on
the left side. My upstairs living area is off limits.  Please use the
downstairs bathroom adjacent to the
teaching area out of respect for my family and their living area.  

STUDIO OVERVIEW

Students may wish to take advantage of my computer programs, which cover all levels of theory,
sight reading, ear training and song writing activities.  Students should let me know if they are
interested so I can set up a program for them in advance.  There is no extra charge for these
opportunities.  

I have several keyboards, which allow up to six students to play ensemble pieces where each plays
a different part with a different instrument.   It is a lot of fun.  I also have a grand piano  in my studio.

Each year the students record their best pieces  on CDs as a gift for their parents.  Additional CDs
can be made available as grandparent gifts for $5 each.

I have had students awarded as many as 30 trophies, top ratings and honorable mentions in one
year, in addition to music scholarships for college.

MY BACKGROUND & EXPERTISE        

I
have taught private music lessons for over thirty years.  I also taught vocal music, grades 1 – 12
for five years in North Dakota.  I perform regularly in recitals and churches in the area.  In 2000 I
performed in a master class in Austria when I attended the International Music Symposium.  I
performed in several recitals in Italy in 2000 and 2006 while attending the Corsi Internationzionali di
Musica.   I have sung with several small groups and choirs and performed at Carnegie Hall while
singing with the Velvet Hills Sweet Adelines Show Chorus.  I’ve also directed several church choirs
and a Sweet Adeline Chorus.  I currently play for a local church, direct and sing in an  a cappella
women's ensemble and recently directed an opera chorus for the production of Verdi's
Otello.

I was chosen as the Colorado State Music Teacher of the Year June 2011 - May 2012.

To assure my continued education and musical growth and to keep up with new developments,  I
take pedagogy courses, as they become available locally as well as those offered at the state and
national conferences.  I have taken university level piano lessons regularly the past twelve years as
well as periodic voice lessons.  I study with visiting artists as they are in the area.  

I am nationally certified for teaching piano and  voice.  To indicate this we place NCTM (Nationally
Certified Teacher of Music) after our names to indicate that the Music Teacher's National
Association has determined through testing and references that our background meets the
requirements for National Certification.

I initially attended the University of North Dakota and earned approximately 50 semester hours of
credit, primarily in music.  My bachelor’s degree is in Business Administration and I have an MBA in
Communications from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.  

The last seven of the seventeen years that I was in the corporate world, I served as Regional
Director of Human Resources for Pepsi-Cola.  I concentrated on teaching Leadership, Personal
Development and Team Building Skills.   I left in 1993 and resumed doing what I love most – music.

I actively serve in our Music Teachers Organizations.  Positions and activities include:

  • Pikes Peak Music Teachers Association (PPMTA), Colorado Springs
  • VP of Programs (contracting with professors and well known artists to present monthly educational
    programs to our teachers
  • Chair of festivals and competitions annually
  • Created the web site: www.ppmta.org
  • Created advertising brochures
  • Presented programs on using technology
  • PPMTA President

  • Colorado State Music Teachers Association (CSMTA)
  • Certification Chair (running the teacher certification program)
  • Theory Testing Chair (developed theory tests for piano, voice, woodwind and strings)
  • VP of Student Activities (running the student activities program which includes competitions and
    festivals, master classes, etc.)
  • Performed in Master Classes at Teachers Conference
  • Presented several sessions at Teachers Conference
  • Colorado State Music Teacher of the Year - 2011

  • National Music Teacher's Organization (MTNA)
  • Certification Commissioner (reviewing and approving teacher's certification applications)
  • Developed the new testing program for national certification in voice
  • Students winning both state and regional competitions

  • National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)
  • Member for several years
  • Several students placed in finals, winners several years
  • Student won Regional Competition (4 states), 2014, 2017, 2018
  • Students won Colorado/Wyoming Competition, 2017, 2018

I was a finalist for 3 years running in the Metro State concerto piano competitions and won the
Pramberger Piano Competition in Denver in 2006 sponsored by Rockley Music.  The prize was a
grand piano which has been placed in the church I play for.


COMMUNICATION

If you have questions as to how this handbook relates specifically to you or you have suggestions
on how I may improve something I’d love to discuss and explore your questions and ideas.   I will
inform you of up-coming events through E-mail or a memo sent home with the student.  I use the
student’s notebook to note times, dates, costs of materials and parents can use them to write notes
back to me.   Policies and updates on major events, are available in the downstairs waiting area .  
Photo albums with pictures of past events and winners are also available.

Through the years of teaching, I have noticed that students whose parents take a daily active role in
assuring the practice time is honored, are more motivated.  They know their mom and dad love
hearing them practice.  Remember that some children feel isolated when practicing piano and lose
motivation if no-one is nearby to listen to the practicing. Enthusiasm is contagious.