My passion for the guitar started in high school, and I knew as a junior I wanted to study music. I graduated with a B.A. in Jazz Composition and Arranging from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. I started teaching guitar privately in 1993, and became involved in the The Bonnie Raitt/Fender Music Education program offered nationally by the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. This is when I discovered my true passion. Besides teaching privately, I have taught in multiple locations, including The Pittsburgh Music Academy, Moravian College Music Institute, and Temple Music Preparatory in Philadelphia. Since being introduced to the Suzuki Method in 1998, I have studied with Frank Longay, Mychal Gendron, and Bill Kossler, and I am a registered teacher with the Suzuki Association of America.

From 1993 to1995, I took PTP (Partnering the Possible) training with Dr. Dawna Markova, which is the study and application of how learning styles affect communication and education. Understanding that each student has his/her own unique way of taking in information has been a vital part of my teaching.