Bio

Biography
I grew up in Northern California and as long as I can remember, music has been an important part of my life.
My earliest 
memories are singing folk songs around the campfire with my mother, grandmother, aunts, uncles and cousins. We would sing old gospels and the sounds of our voices in harmony accompanied by guitars, fiddles, and banjos made me feel deeply joyful and connected.
In high school I was involved with anything musical, from jazz choir, musicals, and traveling the western United States with the group "Fiddle Kids".

During my college years at California State University, Chico, I continued my love of music, playing in bluegrass bands, singing in the award-winning university choir, and performing in musicals.  I graduated with a teaching credential and a supplementary authorization in music.  I was hired as a first grade teacher and instinctively used music to help children learn to read.  I began to research the positive connection between music and literacy that I was seeing in my classroom.

After 10 years of being a classroom teacher, I stumbled on an opportunity to bring music to my school district that had no current music program.

I developed a highly successful music program at Evergreen Union School District in Cottonwood, CA. This program delivers sequential, standards-based music to 1000 students each year in grades K-8.  It integrates music with grade level curriculum themes and provides music resources to classroom teacher to enrich areas of study.  

My program also offers recorder, world music drumming, dance, guitar, musical theater, and yoga to middle school students.   Community support has kept this program alive through fundraising. 

Most recently, a calling from the community has lead me to pursue extending this passion for music education to a broader audience. After witnessing amazing results of drumming with my at-risk middle school students, I began to study drumming fork health-based outcomes.  Studying closely with world-renowned author and music therapist, Christine Stevens and training from the pioneer of drumming and wellness Barry Bittman, MD.  I have also studied and collaborated with Kalani Das, and Miranda Rondeau. I am an endorsed Remo HealthRHYTHMS Facilitator,  HealthRHYTHMS Adolescent Protocol Facilitator, Healing Drum Facilitator and Music Medicine Facilitator. I have worked with the Tehama County Department of Mental Health, The Red Bluff Family Counseling Center, Dignity Health Services, Enloe Cancer Center, California Veterans Home and Hospital, and private counselors, therapists, and medical professionals to educate the community in music and drumming as a tool for healthy living.

In a full circle, my wish is to give every human being, young or old, whole or broken, the chance to discover the power and joy of music and rhythm that is already inside them.
 

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