A Dedicated Teacher

My goal in teaching a private lesson or a class is to create a positive, fun and no-fail environment for learning. Many factors have contributed to my ability to do this successfully:

My early learning experiences

  • A great elementary general music class where I learned to read music
  • The string program in the Madison School District in Phoenix where I started the violin
  • My supportive and nurturing teachers
    • Fred Donnelly – Madison School District, Phoenix Symphony cellist
    • Max Mandel – former assistant concertmaster, Phoenix Symphony
    • James Buswell – concert violinist, Indiana University
    • Stanley Ritchie – Baroque violin, Indiana University
    • Summer lessons and master classes with Elaine Richey, Joseph Silverstein, Samuel Applebaum, and others
    • Harp teachers Ester McLaughlin - Phoenix, Peter Eagle – Indiana University

My training

  • Bachelor's in Music Education from IU
  • Training in the Suzuki method from my teacher and colleague, Max Mandel, on the job at Mandel Music Studios and at summer institutes
  • A ongoing to continued improvement by participation in yearly workshops by the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) and Arizona Suzuki Association (ASA)

My experience

  • Adjunct faculty, Glendale Community College
  • Staff at Arcadia and Prestige Music Academies, Mandel Music Studio
  • Regular clinician at North Canyon and Thunderbird High Schools and ASA workshops
  • Faculty at West Valley Youth Orchestra Camp with Quartet Sabaku
  • Strings Teacher, Rancho Solano Private School
  • Violin Professor, Calvin College, Eastern Illinois University