I Absolutely Loved being a music student throughout my higher education. I loved keeping a schedule of going to class, attending rehearsals, and living in a built-in atmosphere of music while meeting other like-minded people. Learning in a place where my colleagues and I could share our passions was special, and sharing music became more fulfilling as my life experiences broadened. These years helped foster feelings of true purpose because even though times were difficult, I never questioned that I was following the right path or studying for the right career. Having daily goals was completely energizing and exhilarating.
I First Felt strong feelings about making music during my harp lessons when I attended Interlochen Arts Camp at seventeen years of age. The unlocking of beautiful, tangible potential within intangible musical elements completely knocked me over that summer. Those moments were filled with such creative and exciting possibilities.
I Adored Learning, the sharing of new ideas, relating with other music students, and hearing them perform. It felt like a healthy and eager seed of life was germinating within, especially during the four years spent earning my doctorate degree. I had to work hard at constantly believing in myself and in the quality of my work even when times were tough.
One of My Favorite Things in this world is to discuss a musical phrase. Its breadth, length, character, motive, the creator’s intent, and the surrounding time and space all validate its meaning and purpose, helping sanctify life itself. I wonder if I adore the language of music so much because I feel a phrase is a living entity. Musical phrases can echo the beauty within all of us. This expression of beauty in a fleeting moment in time is a unique feature of my art-offering and musical experience.
A Very Special Thing I love so much while teaching is when, once in a while, special nuggets of inspiration such as words, phrases, or musical metaphors from my former teachers, lovingly whisper their way into lessons that I give. This feels deeply endearing and even though life has moved on, I feel connected to them through the language of music. I appreciate immeasurably the marks my harp and piano teachers’ dedication, talent and sensitivity made upon my life.
Most of All, throughout my higher education, I loved being a harp student, and I will always cherish these memories. A magical element unfolded itself within each lesson as I worked with a teacher at the harp — an element of emotional and personal vulnerability that I feel is sacred in a student-teacher relationship.
Upon Realizing that my harp student days were limited, even as an undergraduate, I would grip so tightly onto these wonderful moments while carefully memorizing what they felt like. Perhaps discovering myself through music is what I needed in order to continue developing my talents. Perhaps I just loved music and what it sounded like, and loved exploring it with my teacher. Perhaps I just loved playing my instrument, as I was never unprepared for a lesson in my higher education. I am not quite sure of the exact reasons as to why I embraced these experiences and hold them still so closely.
I Believe My Students deserve the very best of who I am and what I can offer. Our time together is all about them, their level, and their unique learning process. The teacher’s chair is a most privileged place to sit.