I have called several cities my home, but after graduating from the University of MN, I chose to settle down in my favorite city of Seattle about a decade ago. I’ve been playing music in one form or another since early childhood. Although I started with voice, piano, and violin, eventually I begged my mom to buy me my first guitar at about 13 years old. Since then, guitar has been a major part of my life. It was in 2012 that I decided to shift what was a hobby job into a full-time occupation. And String Lark Lessons was born!
When I’m not teaching guitar and piano privately, as well as teaching music and visual art at Eastside Academy in Bellevue, I also enjoy working in the Deaf Community, playing music professionally, making art, going on hikes, and getting together with other musicians for jams and fun. I love the unique charms of various genres, but have gravitated towards Django Reinhardt style Swing Jazz in the past couple of years. I’m in the bands Byron Street Swing and Lulu Swing and other groups or projects in need of guitarist. I host recurring jams frequently, so the music never stops.
As a teacher, I’m pretty structured in the lessons, but easy going in my approach. I’m known for my endless supply of corny jokes and come from a place of positive encouragement.