Dynamic arts education is a unifying force which can strengthen communities collectively on a multiplicity of levels. Internationally recognized music programs and innumerable research projects prove that music education programs increase children’s cognitive development. As young people learn about music in a supportive environment, they are encouraged to freely investigate and create. Fostering self-expression through exposure to music in its array of styles, traditions and historical traits dramatically stimulates an enthusiasm for learning and discovery. Students relate their knowledge of rhythm, melody and other music fundamentals to world history, mathematics, languages and multicultural traditions. Participation in making music not only fosters cultural enrichment and enjoyment, but demonstrates an increased capacity for analytical and technical proficiency as well as an enhanced ability in connecting concepts, ideas and experiences.
My teaching philosophy has been built on the foundation of my own lifelong love of learning, educating myself to a degree of inexhaustible versatility that can meet any talent at their point of strength and help them to amplify it. Living in Europe and in several regions in the States has afforded me the experience of interacting with people of many cultures, languages and ideas. I have encountered administrative and musical challenges, designed solutions, and devised approaches to providing guidance in teaching as well as collaborating artistically with colleagues and students of every age throughout the entirety of my career. I enthusiastically join the faculty of St. Martin’s in service by God’s grace.