Violin Studio 101: The Nuts and Bolts: Who, What, Where, When, How Much: Part 2

Whether you’re a veteran music teacher or just starting your studio, it’s important to consider the nuts and bolts of your business. These are the “who, what, where, when, how” questions about your studio. Those of us who’ve been in the business for awhile know several of the traps people can fall into in a small business, so it’s best to address these issues before they even start.… Read More...

Brass at the Beach

For all my romance readers, here’s a summer romantic comedy that takes place on the French island of Guadeloupe. Available on Kindle. Audiobook available on YouTube.

The resort my family stayed at in the Caribbean

Etta, a tuba player for the Belton University Symphony, is forced to face her fear of the ocean when the orchestra travels to the Caribbean for a concert.… Read More...

The Hills Are Alive

“For I assure you, without travel, at least for people from the arts and sciences, one is a miserable creature!” -Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wow, this quote really hits home after everyone was literally stuck at home for at least two months! I’m afraid that, like Mozart, the travel bug runs in my family.… Read More...

Violin Studio 101: Get Philosophical

Random fact: I majored in violin performance for undergrad, but I got my Master’s Degree in French Literature. And today happens to be Bastille Day! A bit of a shift in areas of specialization, I know, but both disciplines have shaped who I am today. 

Me philosophizing at the café by my apartment in Paris

The French are a philosophical bunch.… Read More...

Ruth Scheer: Children’s Book Author

Mother of ten, grandmother, great-grandmother, fellow musician, author, and the person who taught me how to be a writer, this larger-than-life person has inspired so many people over the course of nearly a century. Today, I’m honored to talk with my own Grandmother, Ruth Scheer.

Grandma, how did you begin your writing career?Read More...

Ruth Scheer: Musical Matriarch

4 Generations of musicians

Mother of ten, grandmother, great-grandmother, fellow musician, and author, this larger-than-life person has inspired so many people over the course of nearly a century. Today, I’m honored to talk with my own Grandmother, Ruth Scheer.

Grandma Ruth, how did you develop an interest in music?

I discovered music for myself when I was about eight years old.… Read More...

The Music of Fireworks

O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave, o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?” –Francis Scott Key

Happy Independence Day! Growing up, I loved celebrating the 4th of July with my family. We had a great view of fireworks from our elevated back porch, so we often invited other family members to our house.… Read More...

Violin Studio 101: Get Connected

During quarantine, in addition to taking long walks and eating too much chocolate, I’ve enjoyed having extra time to immerse myself in professional development, particularly as it pertains to writing and music pedagogy.

After over a decade of violin teaching experience and nearly nine years of running my own studio, I figured it was time to re-examine my studio and methods.… Read More...