After completing my undergraduate degree in Music at Brigham Young University, I attended the University of Northern Colorado, where I graduated with a master's degree in Music Education (Instrumental Emphasis) in 2008, complete with a CO teaching certificate. During my studies at the university, I was a Graduate Teaching Assistant, an orchestra set-up crew member, and a violin section leader. I finished portions of my student teaching in Colorado Springs and completed my student teaching requirements in Highland, UT.
I have taught Beginning Orchestra Classes publicly in six different school districts in Utah and Colorado during the past fifteen years. I also began teaching private violin lessons at age 19. I appreciate the value of continuing education, and I find myself borrowing heavily from the 20 years of training and private instruction I received, from teachers of many backgrounds, when I work with my students. Right now, I am focusing primarily on my private studio. See More Info to find out more!
I have participated as a violinist with the Orchestra at Temple Square, a companion ensemble to The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, since the orchestra's formation in 1999. It has been a marvelous blessing to participate in spreading awareness of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in such a unique way! See thetabernaclechoir.org for information on performances and recordings.
These teacher certification workshops, with celebrated guest teachers, go through the Suzuki Violin Books sequentially, providing excellent training and ideas for teaching young beginners especially (approximately ages 3-10). I have successfully completed six courses, certifying me up through Level 5.
Since 2010, I have branched out even more in my musical pursuits. I prepared a solo recital or two--after all, it always helps to have something to practice for!--stepped into the popular music scene when I joined Turquoise, took two summers of organ lessons, recorded a CD, began teaching myself guitar and piano, and was even featured in a commercial for Deseret Industries! I put violin playing on hold for a time in order to serve a full-time LDS mission, but resumed performing within a year of returning home. In 2019, we moved to Tooele, UT, where I'm hoping to start a second violin studio!