MUSIC BACKGROUND & EDUCATION:

Music has been an integral, joyful and exciting part of my life since childhood. I have sung in church choirs since the third grade and in school choirs from elementary through university. As a child, I auditioned and was selected to sing in a small children’s chorus for a professional musical recording in Hollywood. I have sung numerous solos in church services, weddings, funerals, community events, recitals, county fairs, master classes, and concerts. I have directed children’s choirs, youth choirs, adult choirs, and community choirs and served as a choral section leader at the university level.

While growing up in Southern California, I studied piano with Mrs. Betty Stockwell and hold a Bachelor of Arts degree (1989) from Cal State University, Chico, in Vocal Performance, with an emphasis on Choral Conducting. I am a member and serve on the board of the local Butte County branch of MTAC (Music Teacher’s Association of California), MTNA (Music Teachers’ National Association) and its affiliate, CAPMT (California Association of Professional Music Teachers) and the National Guild of Piano Teachers (NGPT).  I am currently actively involved in the music ministry of my church in Chico as a vocalist.

I regularly attend piano teaching and music technology workshops and conferences, read professional publications, participate in two local piano teacher organizations, serve as the Vice President on the board of our local Butte County branch of MTAC, serve as the Music Director for the annual MTAC Monster Piano Concert, and participate in several piano teacher internet groups as I am a believer in life-long education.  I have been teaching piano lessons since 1989 in Wyoming and California. 

Qualifications:
 
BA Music, California State University at Chico
 
Teaching since 1989.
Regularly attends piano teaching, music technology workshops and conferences for continuing education.
Piano teacher for C.O.R.E Butte Charter School:  http://www.corebutte.org
I serve as Vice President on the board of our local Butte branch of MTAC. 
I am Music Director of the Butte MTAC Monster Piano Concert.

Past summer piano teacher for the Chico Area Recreation District: http://www.chicorec.com/ 
I taught Kool Keyboard Kamps and Music for Little Mozarts to introduce children to the keyboard and music basics.
I taught class piano to 17 students at Rosedale Elementary School, sponsored by MTAC in 2011-2012.  
Associations:
 
Music Teachers' Association of CA  www.mtac.org/
Butte County Branch of MTAC www.buttemtac.org/
Music Teachers' National Association  www.mtna.org/
California Association of Private Music Teachers  www.capmt.org/
National Guild of Piano Teachers  www.pianoguild.com/