I began teaching flute lessons while still in high school. During my years at DePaul University I worked with grade school and middle school students in Crystal Lake and the surrounding area. While at the University of Wisconsin Madison I taught lessons at Edgewood High School. The computer industry kept me too busy to teach for over ten years, but I rediscovered my joy of teaching in 1995 when I changed my career to music. In 1997 my husband and I purchased a home in Lake Villa that contains my dedicated music studio. My studio is right inside the front door, has a lovely view of a wetlands and contains my music library and the keyboard I use to accompany my students. All students work on scales, etudes, and solos. Because of my piano skills, they play with piano accompaniment during their entire learning process. I also assist them in preparing for placement auditions and learning their band music. The mirror is used to examine posture, finger motion and embouchure. Parents may relax in the adjoining living room.
Wildwood Presbyterian Church in Grayslake is my second home, as well as the second location where I teach lessons. I have been Director of Music at WPC for nearly 25 years. The bi-annual student recital, held in the spring and summer, take place in the beautiful sanctuary. The wonderful acoustics allow family and friends to hear the solos my students have prepared. Because I teach students at seven different schools and currently ranging in age from grade school through high school, it also gives the students a chance to hear other players at different levels and enjoy a variety of repertoire.