Additional experience: BA Calvin College/music education; music teacher K-6; K-12 orchestra and general music in several area public and Christian schools; Freelance musician that performs throughout West Michigan p>
Two things motivate and inspire me the most as a teacher: the music and the students. There is more great string orchestra music being written than ever before and seeing the students enjoy creating the music with me is what truly inspires me. Working with other talented and dedicated teachers brings me joy; students who want to perform well and set goals for themselves and seeing from year to year students master their instruments brings me great joy as well. My goal for every one of my students is to have them reach a level of accomplishment that will motivate them to continue their music into high school and their adult years. Outside of school, I also have a very busy music studio at home where I give private lessons. I play in the Holland Symphony, the Simply Strings String Quartet, and in several church praise bands. Hiking, biking and skiing with my family are some of my hobbies outside of school.