Private music instructor in Murray, KY for over 32 years, specializing in violin/fiddle, guitar, mandolin and viola lessons.
Also taught private lessons in Graves Co., KY, Paducah, KY, Paris, TN, Evansville, IN, and W. Lafayette, IN.
Substitute teacher in the Calloway County (Murray, KY) Public Schools in all subjects, including grades K-12, as well as Alternative School.
Music performer for over 40 years in classical orchestras and ensembles, weddings, bluegrass bands, Scottish and Irish events, church music, funerals, Folk Festivals, local nursing homes and retirement centers, and Civil War programs.
Organized musical ensembles and events, indoors and outdoors
Judged in music and talent competitions
Member of Poplar Spring Baptist Church
Member of Jackson Purchase Friends of Bluegrass
Girl Scout Leader for over 10 years
Director of Public Relations of all of the Murray, KY area Girl Scouts
Youth Leader at church
Sunday School Teacher
Co-written and recorded a Bluegrass Fiddle Book with Steve Kaufman
Teacher in the Murray State String Preparatory Division
Leader of The O'Kennessee Strings celtic band
Leader of The Grasshoppers bluegrass band
Taught baton twirling for 4 years in Evansville, IN as well as for 10 days in Japan for Purdue University
Attended many workshops, including the past 6 years at Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Kamps, Mark O'Connor's Fiddle Camp, and others
Murray State University - Bachelor of Music degree and one year of study towards Master of Arts of College Teaching degree
Purdue University - 2 years of study towards Landscape Architecture degree, performing in the Purdue Symphony Orchestra, receiving the Most Outstanding Orchestra Member Award, and also performing as a baton twirler with the All-American Marching Band
Central High School in Evansville, IN - performing in the orchestra, All-City Orchestras and Bands, and Captain of the baton twirlers
Coming from a family of music teachers and musicians, I have been very involved with music all of my life. I have enjoyed teaching music lessons to all ages; the youngest I've taught was my own daughter, who was 23 months old when she began, and the oldest I've taught was an 86-year-old gentleman. My belief is that music should be enjoyed and shared, so I have tried to organize an average of 10-12 performance opportunities for my students each year. Entering competitions in the classical and traditional music worlds is a great motivator for my students, and I try to encourage them to enter as many as possible. I'm proud to report that I've had many students win competitions, be proficient songwriters, and even obtain college degrees in music.
Recently moved to the Farragut area of Knoxville, and teaching in a Studio in my home. Member of the Knoxville Scottish Music Club, First Baptist Concord Church Orchestra, Anchors of Joy nursing home outreach, and the Knoxville Civil War Roundtable group. Have been regularly performing at area nursing homes and retirement centers, as well as other big events, such as the Knoxville Civil War Roundtable meetings, Smoky Mountain Scottish Highland Games at Maryville College, the East Tennessee Historical Society Annual Dinner, the Farragut BookFest, the Farragut Town Hall Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, the Lenoir City Arts and Crafts Festival, and the Dixie Lee Farmer's Market.
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