About Me
  • Where did you go to school?

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    I went to North Central College in Naperville, IL where I studied Music Education and graduated in 2014.

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  • What instruments do you play?

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    My main instrument is my voice.  I've been singing for as long as I can remember, was in choir all throughout high school and I took voice lessons all throughout college.  To graduate college, I had to put on a 30 minute recital, singing different styles of music and in different languages.  I still sing outside of school at my church and in the Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale.  

    I also play piano and took lessons in middle school and high school, as well as in college to make sure that I could play well enough to teach music, particularly for choirs.  I don't play that often outside of class, although I did get the opportunity to play for a family wedding over the summer.

    Because of teaching music, I also get to play so many other instruments and have been working on playing ukulele and guitar, as well as the recorder, of course!  There are so many instruments that I'd love to learn and I know I'll never stop growing and developing my skills.

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  • Why did you become a music teacher?

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    The simple answer is that I have always loved teaching and always loved music, so when I started thinking about colleges and careers, it was an easy decision to choose Music Education.  I was lucky that once I actually got to the classroom, I still liked it.

    The longer answer is that my experiences with music teachers were hugely impactful, both negatively and positively.  I had a choir director in middle school whose leadership and teaching style made me not want to continue to be in choir, and so at the end of 6th grade, I quit and didn't participate in choir for the rest of middle school.  I also had a choir director in high school who challenged me and encouraged me to be better and grow and expect more from myself.  He helped shape me into the musician I am today and showed me what a positive but rigourous music classroom could look like.  

    I decided that I wanted to take those experiences and give back to new students by being both the teacher that I had and the teacher I wish I had.  I love sharing new information and ideas with students, but also helping them discover and experience music on their own.  At the same time, we build a community together using our strenghts and learning from our mistakes to become better musicians, more thoughtful students and positive members of our community.

     

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  • What do you do outside of school?

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    I do a lot of singing outside of school, but sometimes that can still feel like work.  When I really want to do something different, I love walking outside (especially in the fall), watching movies, taking care of my houseplants (I have nine as of right now, but am looking for more), and cooking.

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  • What's your favorite color?

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    I love all shades of blue!

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  • What's your favorite food?

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    I love pineapple, both as a food and as a decorating theme.  But if coffee counted as a food, that would be my number 1!

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