My goal as teacher is to nurture beautiful humanity and beautiful talent. I began teaching Suzuki violin in 2010. I have worked with youth of all ages for more then ten years teaching, mentoring, tutoring and doing art therapy.
I teach private lessons in the sanctuary of the UU Church on the corner of Cass & Forest in the Cass Corridor of Detroit. My students are age 2.5 and up!
I went to college for Social Science Theory at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, moving to Detroit in 2006. I’ve been a Suzuki kid since age 5 when I started lessons in Marquette, where I was born. I went to Blue Lake Fine Arts and Stevens Point many summers of my childhood and traveled to Europe with the Blue Lake International Youth Symphony Orchestra when I was 16. I’ve also played electric violin in indy bands and on a few of my friends albums.
I am also Director and Lead Teacher of Detroit Youth Volume (www.detroityouthvolume.org), founded in 2010 by myself and my teacher trainer Mark Mutter, Director Suzuki Royal Oak Institute of Music. DYV provides free Suzuki violin lessons and group class to youth ages 5-17 who are hand-picked from the Rosa Parks Children/Youth program within the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, a program I’ve been involved with since 2007. DYV students enjoy melding Detroit’s rich history of hip hop arts with our Suzuki songs to make new group performance masterpieces. We will put out an album in Summer 2016 featuring Twinkle, Lightly Row and Song of the Wind with local hip hop artists’ beats.
Further music teaching experience includes the facilitation of Music Together classes for pre-school and mixed-age parent-child classes for ages 0-5. I taught kindergarten & 1st grade classes at local elementary schools. I have also been a substitute at Detroit Waldorf School in Music with grades 3-8 and in the Early Childhood and Parent/Tot classes for a handful of years.
[updated February 2016]