My background covers a wide range within the arts. I have degrees in performance, critical writing, and teaching from both European and American institutions.
In the years that I have taught at Hamline University in Saint Paul, at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, at various music schools in The Netherlands, and privately, my students and colleagues have come to know me as a compassionate, enthusiastic, and approachable teacher. Recurring qualities that my students have highlighted in their evaluations are patience, availability, well-preparedness, and engaging teaching methods that are rich in demonstration and encourage thinking ‘outside the box’. My classes have become known to be enjoyable because they involve creative activities in combination with the more traditional methods.
The secondary area of my Doctor of Musical Arts degree is in pedagogy and education. In combination with 12 years of experience in teaching, during which I mentored over 700 students, this concentration has given me a solid basis to work from. I try to cultivate all-round musicianship, as well as critical thinking and imaginative playing. This corresponds with my own approach as a performer.
My teaching experience also covers other area’s within and area’s outside of music. I have been a writing mentor for students who have English as their second language, a dance team coach, a sectional coach and accompanist for choirs, and I have guided and helped prepare theater majors for auditions and competitions.
I have worked with students from a variety of backgrounds, as well as those with mental disorders and learning disabilities. I enjoy the challenge of finding a different solution for each individual’s musical problems, and it is in the reciprocal nature of teaching that I find rewarding experiences each day. I believe my own culturally diverse background and open personality make it relatively easy for a large body of students to connect with me and vice versa.