Over 20 years experience as k-6 vocal music teacher. Published piano pieces by FJH Music Co., self-published at songsforteaching.com Composer for Pine Creek films, Grand Rapids, MI. Composer for Nintendo 3DS game: Ohno Odyssey Professional pianist/keyboard artist: classical, jazz, pop, folk.
I believe that the highest level of music understanding is when students can take elements from one song (ex. form, style, harmony) and use those ideas to create a new original song. Composing words and music in a class setting helps students to gain a sense of confidence and realize that ideas give birth to other ideas. There is no end to creativity!!
Best Musical Score: Detroit 48 Hour Film Challenge - "Ellie" 2012 Jennifer Scott Memorial Award for Piano Pedagogy: Oakland University
B.S. Music Ed. Temple University Masters Music: Oakland University Private jazz study: Bess Bonier, George F. Benson
My background as a musician is classical, but in college I fell in love with jazz, took lessons and started playing jazz and pop piano. In 2003, I was introduced to traditional folk music from Quebec and discovered the whole world of folk music. In grad school, I accompanied classical and modern dance classes. All of these experiences have become a part of the fabric of my own composition style.