Where and how did you get your start in music?
What is your favorite style of music to play/What is your primary instrument?
My primary instrument is piano even though I play guitar and ukulele. My favorite style is playing pop chord piano.
Who is your favorite composer/musician?
Classical composer is Mozart. Comtemporary is Andrew Lloyd Webber
What inspired you to teach/what do you enjoy about teaching?
In 2000 I was encouraged to teach piano in a music store, All About Music. I went through the training and have been enjoying since then.
How do you motivate students to practice?
My students like to earn stickers for their songs. To get a sticker I have to be able to sing the song!
What are some unique things you do to make a positive impact on students’ musical growth?
I instill in my students that learning and playing a song for someone is a gift to that person. Everybody appreciates a song being performed for them. I tell them that they will be playing piano all their lives. I suggest they 1) are the official Birthday song player, that 2) they can get everybody awake in the morning, and that they should always have a ‘show off’ song ready!!
If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?
I would want to be a tree that everyone can enjoy. It has pretty blossoms. It has delicious fruit to enjoy and it has a lot of shade to enjoy. I am an apple tree