Current Endeavors

Detroit Public School Community District

School: Burton International Academy

Position: K-8 General Music Teacher, Band Director


  • Teaches Gordon Music Learning Theory and Kodai methods along with Share the Music District Curriculum
  • Teaches middle school piano, guitar, songwriting, and composing, along with a rich General Music curriculum of world music
  • Focuses on instrumental education: teaches recorders, drumming, hand bells, body percussion, guitar, xylophone, and piano, along with band instruments
  • Currently cultivating a grade 5-8 band program, projected to begin in Fall 2020

Evola Music, Canton, MI

Position: Piano Instructor


  • Studio has grown to over 30 students of ages ranging from 3 years old to 80 years old
  • Students are accomplished performers, obtaining Division I rankings in Michigan District Solo and Ensemble
  • Bi-Yearly recitals have nearly 100% participation from students in the studio


Eastern Michigan University (EMU)

Bachelors in Instrumental Music Education K-12 Certified, with a Minor in Secondary English Language, Literature and Writing Education 6-12 Certified


  • Bachelor of Music Education GPA: 3.68
  • Bachelor of Arts GPA: 3.87
  • EMU College of Education Dean’s List, 2017 to 2019

Hope College (HC)


  • Piano Performance, Music and English Education


  • Hope College Dean’s List, 2013 to 2015
  • Hope College Distinguished Artist Award, 2013 to 2015
  • Arts Editor and staff writer, The Anchor, Hope College’s student-run news paper, 2013 to 2015
  • Music Director and DJ, WTHS 89.9, Hope College’s student-run radio station, 2013 to 2015
  • Brother of the Hope College Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity

Schoolcraft College 


  • Liberal Arts transfer agreement/early college dual enrollment


  • Schoolcraft College Dean’s List, 2010 to 2012
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, 2010 to 2012


  • Primary Instruments: Piano (Classical/Jazz/Pop), Trombone, Guitar, Voice (alto/mezzo soprano).
  • Secondary Instruments: Organ, Harpsicord, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Oboe, Bassoon, Trumpet, French Horn, Percussion, Violin, Cello, Bass.
  • Ensembles: HC Women’s Choir, HC Wind Ensemble, HC Chamber Ensembles, EMU Symphonic Band, EMU Marching Band, EMU Jazz Ensemble/Combos, EMU Trombone Choir/Women’s Trombone Quintet.
  • Language Arts: Tutoring, revision, English as a Second Language support.

Teaching Experience

Student Teacher, Huron Valley Schools

Muir Middle School, Country Oaks Elementary – Milford, MI – 2019

  • Leads middle school ensemble rehearsal daily, including Concert Band, Jazz Band and a special education general music class.
  • Instructs elementary general music classes.
  • Assists mentor teacher with grading, discipline, and administrative tasks.

Group Piano instructor

Evola School of Music – Canton, MI – 2018 to Present

  • Teaches two group piano classes of ten beginning students, one for youth ages 7 to 11 and one for adults.
  • Writes course curriculum for both classes in the Alfred and Helen Marlais’ piano methods.
  • Takes attendance, informally assesses student progress.
  • Communicates with students and parents course objectives, homework/practice assignments, etc. through electronic mass email, syllabi, and weekly assignment sheets.

Private Piano/Trombone instructor

Self Employed – 2013 to Present

  • Creates individualized curriculum for student development at a variety of levels and ages.
  • Manages business practices of a small business as sole proprietor, including, invoicing, ordering, scheduling of facilities, and taxes.

Guest Conductor

Hope College Concert Band – Holland, MI – 2014 to 2015

  • Led ensemble rehearsal once a week for the performance of Sasato’s The Denserye.
  • Studied the score, prepared rehearsal plans, and conducted the band in front of a live audience.

Elementary Music Practicum Teaching

Holland Elementary – Holland, MI – 2015

  • Led twenty-minute segments of elementary music classes under the mentorship of Mr. DeBoer, faculty at Hope College and teacher at Holland Elementary.
  • Prepared bi-weekly lessons for students in both English and Spanish language.
  • Practiced Music Learning Theory (MLT) and Kodai techniques.

Music Theory and Aural Skills Tutor

Hope College Learning Services – Holland, MI – 2014 to 2015

  • Tutored college music theory and aural skills students weekly.
  • Helped students determine strategies for understanding patterns in music as well as processes for note reading, sight-singing, and composing.

English Tutor, Learning Assistance Center

Schoolcraft College – Livonia, MI – 2011 to 2012

  • Revised and edited electronically submitted papers for writing support, including English as a Second Language learners.
  • Met one-on-one with college students to discuss the writing process, peer-review, and give conference mini-lessons.

Employment History

Mustang Racing Technology, Inc.

2013 to 2018 – Plymouth, MI

Administrative Assistant. Created company forms, documented company processes, issued company purchase orders, submitted purchase requisition forms, and processed payments for client accounts.

Jimmy John’s

2015 to 2018 – Ypsilanti, MI

Person In Charge (PIC). Managed shifts, audited opening and closing paperwork, counted and deposited company funds.

Related Experience

Private Accompanist, EMU

2018 to Present – Ypsilanti, MI

Rehearses with instrumentalists and vocalists individually and in client lessons. Coaches clients in performance confidence, practice strategies, and execution of musical elements.

Orchestra Librarian, Hope College

2014 to 2015 – Holland, MI

Prepared ensemble parts, copied bowing and conductor notes into music, audited music scores for the college.

Professional Affiliations

  • National Association for Music Education (NAfME)
  • Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA)
  • Michigan Education Association (MEA)
  • Michigan Council for Teachers of English (MCTE)


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