- B.A. Music Education, Saginaw Valley State University
- M.M. Music Education, Saginaw Valley State University
- M.M. Saxophone Performance with a secondary emphasis in Music Technology, Central Michigan University
- Studies with Joseph Luloff, Michigan State University
- Studies with Phil Woods, Delaware Water Gap.
- Studies with Bill Pierce, Berklee College of Music
- Extensive work in concert and club performances in the United States, Canada, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
- 25 years of concert and club performances with electro-acoustic duo, Boogie2Shooz.
Current Institutional teaching activities include classes in applied Saxophone, music theory, music pedagogy, and distance learning at the University of Maine at Augusta.
Current Performance activities consist of concert, club and studio work with the electro-acoustic duo, Boogie2Shooz.
Community Teaching: Introductory improvisation classes aimed at delivering basic strategies for instrumental and vocal performance to women of all ages.
Prior teaching experiences consist of private and University studio teaching and Middle and High School band instruction.
I offer a broad mix of traditions and concepts in my studio lessons. I believe that a foundation in classical music is invaluable in acquiring a great sound and solid, disciplined technique. Many of the contemporary sounds one hears in jazz had their birth in 20th century extended saxophone techniques that are being mastered and augmented particularly in France.
Other lesson elements typically consist of ear training, guided listening, elements of composition, the technique of the instrument, improvisation and standard repertoire.