I hold a BM in Piano Performance from Salem
College in Winston-Salem, NC. I graduated
cum laude in 1976 with awards in both music
theory and composition.
I have maintained a successful private studio since,
teaching all levels and ages, from 5 to adult.
I also worked as the director of the Salem College
Community School for six years from 1996-2003.
In addition to teaching full-time, I also am an
internationally published composer of teaching
literature. My publishers include: Frederick Harris,
Summy Burchard, and Willis. Many of my pieces have
won awards for composition and have been used on
various contests lists. I have given workshops in
the U.S. and Canada on both literature and the use
of composition in the studio to teach practical
theory and creative musical thinking.
I am an active member of the national, state and
local MTNA organizations and currently serve as
president of the Greensboro Music Teacher's
I also adjudicate at area festival events.
My philosophy in teaching has always been to help
students learn how to read and understand music in
order to develop a lifetime skill and love of all
music. Music has always made such perfect sense to
me and it is easy for me to explain it to others. I
run an efficient studio with a studio keyboard lab
and access to an at-home website. I try to make
music study fun and varied with games and
incentives. I use the MTNA sponsored Music
Achievement Award Program to document student
growth. Students have opportunities for performance
and composition. I teach year round. In the summer
we break from the lesson books to record student
music on CD's and explore a particular area of music
- for example -Duets or Popular music. I also offer
a program for parents of students in the summer as a
refresher or beginner course.