“Eugene Piano” is a private music studio located in my home in the South Eugene hills. Growing up in Eugene, music was an integral part of my education and upbringing. My parents lovingly endured many hours of early morning practice before school. I participated in many musical activities ranging from the Eugene Youth Symphony to group guitar lessons.
David Chase, my piano teacher from 2-12th grade inspired me to continue my studies at Oregon State University. I earned a B.S. in Music with a focus in Instrumental Conducting. As a college student, I enjoyed performing in the Oregon State Symphony Orchestra (on viola) but I knew that my true calling was to integrate music into general education. I received my M.Ed. from Portland State University in Elementary Education, and eventually my Elementary Montessori degree from Montessori Institute of Milwaukee. I taught general music for two years and worked with students ranging in age from K-6th grade. I loved putting on the school programs, conducting the choir and leading thirty 6th graders in group guitar lessons.
I took a year off to teach music in Chile and found myself in the first few weeks learning the traditional “Cueca” dance and song to help the music teacher with his “Folkloric Dance” group. This gave me the chance to teach music using solfedge (do, re, mi…) and in an entirely different language. I did learn that these Chilean middle and high school students knew more about American Pop music than I did!
I returned to find music jobs being cut from schools so I spent the last four years in 4-6th grade general education. I enjoyed leading musicals, toting my guitar to class and camps, bringing song and movement to the entire curriculum. The Montessori philosophy of learning led me to work at a private Montessori school where I worked in a multi-age classroom.
When it was time to start my own family I took a break from the rigors of teaching elementary school and decided to continue teaching lessons as a part-time job. Over the years I have taught private lessons casually after school for a few students, but I am excited to dedicate all of my energy to this new phase in my life. I truly enjoy the group teaching experience, but I find a lot of satisfaction when I can work one-on-one with a student. I am excited to work with you and help you find your own connection to music. I hope it can enrich your life as much as it has mine!