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Anatomy of a Lesson

While each lesson is unique, below is a basic outline of what you can expect during your lesson time.



Review prior week's goals, progress made, issues that have arisen.


Play, listen, evaluate. Go over assigned materials and identify successes and areas for improvement.


Develop strategies for addressing the issues identified previously and create technical and musical solutions.


Create an action plan and a goal for achieving results of the analysis.


End each lesson with a period of sight-reading to improve skills and end on a fun note.


Developing outstanding students who are well-rounded individuals equipped to cope with life's challenges is my mission.


Creating a safe, creative and challenging environment where all may realize their true potential in music and in life is my goal.


Providing guidance and leadership through my personal experiences to all students as they journey along their road of discovery.

About Me

  • DMA - Percussion Performance - (ABD) University of Iowa - 2001

    MA - Instrumental Conducting - UMKC Conservatory of Music - 1996

    BA - Music (Percussion) - UMKC Conservatory of Music - 1993

    BA - Business Administration - Graceland University - 1990

  • I have been educating percussionists of all ages for nearly three decades and have maintained successful teaching studios at the University of Iowa, Truman State University, the Geaorge Caleb Bingham Academy of the Arts, The Barstow School, Music/Arts Institute, and privately.

  • Former students have pursued advanced degrees at such schools as: The Juilliard School, the Berklee School of Music, USC-Thornton, Florida State University College of Music and UMKC Conservatory of Music. Many have gone on to successful performance careers in Los Angeles, Nashville and regionally, as well as non-performance related careers in the music industry.

  • I believe everyone has not only the right, but the ability to be successful studying percussion. Whether one's natural ability is strong or not, everyone has the potential to learn and grow, and each individual deserves my respect and best effort as an instructor.

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