Until the age of 12, when I was not occupied with schoolwork, I rode my bicycle to the nearest rivers and creeks to search for frogs and turtles, I visited the library and read all I could find on the habits and habitat of these and other creatures native to Southeastern Wisconsin. Some of that must have rubbed off on my son who is a botanist at the Morton Arboretum. When I was in seventh grade, a boys choir was started at the grade school I attended and so began my lifelong love of music... [more]
My undergraduate degree from Carroll University (1969) included a double major in organ and voice. I taught K-5 music in the Grafton, Wisconsin Public Schools from1969 to 1974. In 1972 I became Certified to teach the Dalcroze approach to music education. I taught music in a Dalcroze Eurhythmics course for the Dance Department of the University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee from 1972 to 1976. I obtained my PhD in Music Education in 1990 where I taught classes on Music for Classroom Teachers, Music Theory for non-majors in music, and Freshman and Sophomore Aural Theory. I have sung with the Chicago Master Singers since 2001 and have made presentations at the International Conference of Dalcroze Studies in 2013, 2015, and will do so this summer (2017).
I have a PhD in Music Education and my dissertation was on a topic in piano pedagogy: Key-Finding, Fingering, and Timing Tasks in Entry-level Piano Performance of Children. In July of 2015 at Dalcroze conferences in Geneva, Switzerland and Vienna, Austria, I made presentations about plans for a new piano pedagogy research project. This summer I'm giving a workshop at Laval University in Quebec City with a focus on using improvisation activities in learning to play Kabalevsky's Galop, Op. 39, No 18. In the years since 1984 I have taught as many as 50 students per year - students age 3 years through 80 years.
I have a PhD in Music Education (1990, University of Kentucky). In 2011 I obtained Vocology Certification from the National Center for Voice and Speech. I attended Richard Miller's Oberlin College summer course in vocal pedagogy from 1999 through 2003. I have taken singing lessons in Rome, Italy with Valerio Paperi since 2001. I currently study with William Powers and I sing with Chicago Master Singers. I am a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and I adjudicate Student Auditions for NATS for College and High School Students in Classical Singing and Musical Theater.