My father taught me how to write down the little melodies in my head when I was in preschool, and I have been composing and playing the piano ever since. My first paying gig was as a substitute organist at the age of 14. While in high school, I studied composition with Dr. Robert Sirota at B.U.’s Tanglewood Institute and piano with Olga Zlobinsky. I progressed to receive my B.M. in composition with honors from New England Conservatory, where my musicianship and creations were nurtured by my beloved teacher, Joe Maneri. My M.M.Ed. was achieved through The Boston Conservatory, under Dr. Rhoda Bernard’s leadership.
In my 20’s, I began to explore American improvised idioms. I went on to play keyboards with several local rock, roots, and folk artists such as Andrea Gillis, Emily Grogan, Paddy Saul, Natalie Flanagan, and Linda Viens.
I have been teaching music to both children and adults since 1989. I am a music educator because I see humanity at its best as I assist others in their development in this form of connection. The simplest note, when played with depth and sincerity, is valid and worthy to be heard. I see all my students as born musicians, and my job is to nurture what is already innate.