In teaching any aspect of music, I always aim for an approach tailored to each student’s individual needs that makes connections to other parts of their lives. Good musicianship teaches students a variety of larger life lessons, such as the ability to be a strong member of a team, to have respect for the world’s cultures, and to value precision. Whether students hope to enter the music profession, or whether they wish to play casually alongside friends and family, I support anyone who wants to become a more confident musician.
Find the joy in discovering new things about your playing, about your instrument, and about your routines that can help you become an even better musician.
When it comes to performance, it can be intimidating and even down right scary at times. What do you do? In the words of Susan Jeffers: Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway!
Always warm up at least a little bit. No, warming up your body and your instrument doesn't have to be boring! This is a great time to experiment with ways to improve your sound, tuning, articulation... the list goes on and on!
It is exciting to share the love of music anywhere we can. Music has the power to heal the soul, especially in such a difficult time around the globe. Outreach has been one of the most fulfilling ways to share the joy of music with others. Whether volunteering at the Rodeo Opry Music School, teaching and providing instruments to beginning students, or partnering with the Boys and Girls Club of America and the Lied Center of Kansas to bring chamber music experiences to elementary schools, spreading the joys of music is always one of my top priorities.