Piano
Ages 5 to adult

Bachelor of Music Education, University of the Incarnate Word
Masters in Education, University of the Incarnate Word
Special Education Certification, University Of the Incarnate Word

Teaching Philosophy

As a teacher, I aim to foster a lifelong love of learning. As a music teacher, my goal is to teach my students to become independent learners by making sure they are proficient in music reading. I introduce my students to a variety of music genres and encourage them to voice their reactions, thus teaching critical listening and critical thinking skills.

I believe flexibility is imperative in my instruction, and am aware of students’ differences in personality, ability, interests and learning styles. I work to develop their strengths and improve their weaknesses.

Biography

I am a retired public school teacher. I taught in the San Antonio School District 35 years.

During my tenure, I taught in the Special Education classroom for 10 years and participated in the Special Olympics Track and Field and bowling programs.

The next 25 years I introduced the Mariachi Program as an after school program to the students at Highlands High School. Due to the program’s growth  and success, it was incorporated into the curriculum in the 1990’s. This group won many city, state and national competitions. They played for many public figures such as Governor Ann Richards, Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez, Presidents Clinton and Bush, the Prince of Monaco and a former Miss America. They were featured on The Today Show, the opening of the Alamodome, various sports events and Fiesta events.

From 1995-2008, I was also the Choir Director at Highlands. My students qualified for Region Choir and Area auditions. Many were 1st Division winners in UIL Solo-Ensemble on the Region and State level.

From 2000-2012 I developed and taught class piano at Highlands High School. Many of my students participated in UIL Solo-Ensemble on the Region and State Level and received 1st division ratings. Several of these students went on to major in piano at Our Lady of The Lake University, UTSA, Texas A&M Kingsville, UT Austin, North Texas State and Texas State.