A Song in My Heart
I have been singing for as long as I can remember, thanks to loving parents, grandparents, and early childhood educators who seamlessly incorporated music into my daily life. I performed in musicals beginning at the age of ten (age 4, if you count singing "High Hopes" in front of an audience at a resort in Michigan) and went on to study Opera at Northwestern University's renowned School of Music before switching to Education and graduating cum laude with a concentration in Psychological Services.
In 2005, I completed my Master's in Education and encountered a fork in the road: should I teach high school English and enjoy a steady job with benefits, or teach Kindermusik, run my own business, and get paid in hugs as well as dollars? After my car was egged by some overzealous freshmen, I had an epiphany: some people are called to teach high school English, while others are called to work with young children. I had never experienced anything as rewarding as reading, singing, dancing, and playing with babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners. In fact, one of my favorite memories from a previous job running a YMCA had been singing "Little Mermaid" songs with a kindergartener who went on to become a professional performer.
Over the years, I've played many roles, from playing wicked stepmothers and wide-eyed bridesmaids onstage in local musicals, to holding leadership roles with the international Kindermusik community, to becoming a stepparent, parent, and grandparent myself. Every step of the way, music has enriched my life and the lives of those around me. I am eager to share the magic of music-making with you and your children, and to help you and your little ones become more connected and confident along the way.