Education & Experience

If your want your child to love music, it has to be a part of his or her life. It is tricky to learn an instrument and it takes dedication and a lot of practice.  If it isn’t fun and you don’t get to do anything else, it is hard to stick with it.  My classes keep it fun, and I work with parents and students to fit around activities. My students know that I expect them to practice, but when there is an occasional break in the routine, we work through it and keep learning. We make it all work.


  • MA Music Education, New York University
  • BA Music Education, Rutgers College
  • Piano – began at 5 years old and continued to the present including understanding of classics, pop, jazz, big band, musical theatre. Studied both privately and in class and master class settings with various teachers including Vera Tisheff.
  • Vocal – wide range of experience as soloist and choral member. Experience includes classical, pop, jazz, musical theatre. Studied with Jens Nygaard in NYC. Four year member of Rutgers Kirkpatrick Choir.  Currently member of Wilton Singers.


  • 1979-1983, Employed as member of Rutgers Kirkpatrick Choir
  • 1980 – 1983, Taught private piano lessons and employed as church soloist
  • 1984 -Hired as Public School Music Teacher & Choral Director – designed and taught curriculum to 500+ students per year and two 125 member choral groups
  • 1993 – Opened The Old Barn Music School teaching music and piano lessons to preschoolers thru adults. Created a preschool curriculum for 3 – 5 years olds which exposed students to orchestral instruments, jazz, opera, background music, music theory and piano. Created piano class curriculum designed to teach piano and music as a lifelong appreciation and passion.

INSTRUMENTS:  Piano, Voice, Guitar – If you are a musician, you can usually play a little of a lot, which is fun. If you give me a few minutes, I can rattle off a tune on many instruments  – clarinet, banjo, ukelele, violin, recorder….  This is part of the big, lifetime picture of music lessons. I train students to be pianists AND musicians.

3 thoughts on “Education & Experience

  1. My son Matthew Morris is about 6 years old. He started piano lesson a few months ago, by myself. However, since I m a working mom and also I m also his mom, I found that very hard to convince him to practice. And he is not practicing consistently. I would like to find him a teacher. Can I talk to you?

    My number is 203-9180426. I will try to call you later today too. Thanks,

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