<p> I began my piano studies very early in life, learning to read music before I learned to read words. It was the beginning of a lifelong love for the piano. I went on to study at Boston University where I received my Bachelors degree in Piano Performance. While there, I discovered that I enjoyed working with singers, and stayed on to get my Masters at B.U. in Vocal Accompanying and Coaching.</p>
<p>After college I spent a few years as a performing pianist, and also worked at the Westport School of Music as a piano teacher. The school’s director, Martha Hisey, wanted to institute a preschool music program there, and suggested that I go for Kindermusik training. I became very inspired by the program and fell in love with teaching preschoolers. I taught Kindermusik at the school, as well as a preschool curriculum of my own design at the nearby Southport Congregational Preschool.</p>
<p>In 1997, I went through the Alternate Route to Certification program to become certified to teach music in Connecticut public schools. I worked at Weston Middle School from 1997-2004 as a General Music and Chorus teacher.</p>
<p>From 1999-2003 I went through four levels of Orff-Schulwerk training under Vivian Murray, Nancy Ferguson, and Jos Wuytack. I earned my Orff Master Teacher certificate.</p>
<p>I left teaching temporarily to raise my little daughter Heather and be a stay-at-home Mom. My husband John and I have since decided to open Fanfare Music Studio in our home. We have lived in Newtown for 4 years and are excited to be able to serve this wonderful community through music.</p>