SCARSDALE: I began teaching in the Scarsdale Public Schools in 1997. My first year was at Fox Meadow Elementary. And, then in 1998 I moved to Heathcote and have been there ever since.
EDUCATION: I hold a MA in Music Education specializing in Vocal Pedagogy from Teacher's College, Columbia University, New York. I also hold a BS in Classical Voice Performance from New York University. I continue to refine and improve my craft by pursuing additional coursework and attending workshops.
MUSICIAN: I am a singer-songwriter who has performed numerous venues and self-released a CD several years ago. I continue to write and perform. My primary instruments are my voice and acoustic guitar. I also play piano and percussion.You can learn more about my music on my website.
http://www.cloudscanbreak.comOF NOTE:During the summer of 2019 I participated in a Performing Songwriter's Workshop lead by Mary Gauthier called "Finding Your Writer's Voice" in Nashville, TN.In the spring of 2017 I participated in a Performing Songwriter's Workshop lead by Jonatha Brooke called "Discovering New Paths into Songs."These retreats were supported through a generous grant from the Scarsdale Schools Professional Development grants. In addition to collaborating with some amazing songwriters and getting to witness the incredible talents of professional songwriters, the work offered a wide variety of song-seed ideas that will undoubtedly be used to inspire the Heathcote students in their songwriting sessions.During the summer 2013 I participated in a Songwriter's Retreat led by Catie Curtis. http://catiecurtis.com It was an intensive week of workshops, composition, and creating music with 20 other musicians from all around the U.S.During the summer 2009 I traveled to Ghana, West Africa for an extensive cultural immersion course through University of Massachusetts/Amherst. We studied music and dance in the Ewe tradition for 3-weeks.You can get a glimpse of that trip through a video I posted on YouTube.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSPxryaRhTcFor the past several years, I have been invited to present at SMS Human Rights Day to 7th graders. My presentation is inspired by my trip to Ghana and the Ewe music.