I have been making music for as long as I can remember. The first influence in my musical life was my mom, who gave me my first piano lessons and taught me to sing harmonies! I began playing the violin in 6th grade, and by the time I was in high school, felt that teaching music was what God had built me to do.
In college, I studied violin and string pedagogy under Elizabeth Pabón at Maranatha Baptist University. I started teaching lessons and group violin classes during college and fell in love with teaching. I also became fascinated with the processes of learning-how to gauge readiness for new concepts, how to tailor instruction to a student’s learning style, and or course how to practice well! I received my Bachelors of Music Education in 2006.
My first job after graduation was as a full-time school string teacher and orchestra director, where I developed a curriculum for first to third grade orchestras and taught lessons and orchestras from elementary to high school. In 2011, I shifted my focus from school teaching to the private studio and have enjoyed the opportunity to work with my students and their families on an even closer level. I continue to learn from other teachers, workshops, and from my students themselves. I also continue to perform as the occasion arises, both as a soloist and in groups.
J.P. is my wonderful husband, and so far we have three super little munchkins who make every day an adventure 🙂 I also enjoy literature, the outdoors, cooking, organizing, and (yes, really) practicing!