Creativity as expressed through music and art have been central to my life since I was a young child. I love sharing my passion for creativity through music therapy, teaching, presentations, and creating art.
I started playing clarinet at age 9 and every year I added new instruments….piano, oboe, guitar, and flute. Around the same time, my mother taught me to knit and that was my introduction to the fiber arts. My twin passions for music and art have shaped my professional and personal life ever since.
I went on to become a board-certified music therapist after receiving my BA in music therapy with a minor in psychology. Through my work in hospitals, schools, nursing homes, community settings and private practice, I’ve helped people with developmental disabilities, acute and chronic psychiatric needs, medical needs, and issues of aging and hospice, grief, and loss.
After 10 years of practice, I earned an MA in psychology with a concentration in music therapy. I gained a deeper understanding of how and why creativity heals. I’ve taught at the university level, published articles, and given presentations. I currently speak and lead workshops for local and national audiences and provide music therapy on a case-by-case basis. It's important to me to share what I learned about the power of music and creativity to heal.
It's always a joy to help others express their creativity and joy through learning music. I continue to teach instrumental music to individuals of all ages, with and without special needs. My students gain a lifelong skill which adds to the quality of their lives.
Glass and Fiber Arts
I’m inspired by nature. The art I create expresses to the world this connection to nature. Through my art, I express my feelings. I weave, knit, and make stained glass. Sometimes I sell my work. I also advocate for the art community in Northern California, where I live.