As a music educator I have taught children music in many settings. I think my love for teaching young children music took root while working as an assistant preschool music teacher at Brigham Young University where I earned a bachelor's degree in choral music education. I then spent several years teaching in the public schools as a junior high choir teacher in Utah and an elementary music specialist in Massachusetts. While in Massachusetts, I earned a master's degree in education from Harvard University. I have taught preschool music in my home, spent many hours volunteering with music in my community and have taught private piano lessons. My community involvement has included directing children’s choirs, women’s choirs and mixed choirs as well as serving and working professionally as a piano accompanist.
I have always tried to provide many musically enriching opportunities to my children, from singing and playing with them as little babies, to supporting them now as teenagers with everything from musical theater to jazz band to private lessons. I had many influential experiences with music my whole childhood which inspired me to eventually teach music and in return I have seen firsthand the value of teaching music to young children as an adult. I believe that music is an exceptional, integral, positive, important part of each child's development and want to share the wonderful activities I have used over the years that have positively impacted the lives of many children. I can promise the activities in this course have delighted and taught many young people and I am excited to share them with you.