Piano (Suzuki and traditional), Musikgarten, songwriting, and musicianship faculty
With Music Institute of Chicago since:
Significant teachers and mentors:
Dr. Karin Edwards, Mme. Françoise Thinat
Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise:
I believe artists have the ability to influence the direction of culture and to also bring healing. I believe that cultivating creativity in students opens their minds to possibilities, passions, solutions, and ideas that this world needs.
Awards and achievements:
First place for singing/songwriting at the 852 Freedom Campaign
Battle of the Bands
Professional affiliations & activities:
I am a piano teacher, singer songwriter, and active performer. I love to collaborate not only with other musicians but with visual artists and dancers.
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Interests outside of music:
I love going to dance class and painting. When I can, I travel to experience different cultures, philosophies, and movements.
“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (from The Little Prince)
Favorite practice tip:
Chunking your piece into sections is the most focused and efficient way to practice. Always practice little bit by little bit, and you will be surprised how fast, how accurate, and how memorable your work is.
Favorite composer or piece to play:
Maurice Ravel and Sergei Prokofiev
Favorite musical moment:
Playing the 2nd movement of Ravel's Piano Concerto in G major during a competition. It was ethereal.