From the moment that I felt music, it became my safe haven. Hearing my uncle play his guitar, dancing with my family, singing in the church choir....the arts provided me with freedom to grow & learn in my own way.
I was 8 years old when I heard the most amazing piece of art; Igor Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" . Soon after, I was formally introduced to the Bassoon & became heavily involved with the band program at my school. Learning the bassoon without the guide of a private teacher was a bit challenging, but I was fortunate enough to explore & learn alongside a classmate.
Throughout my high school years, I was able to expand my musical knowledge & technique by playing drums/percussion. I was a member of the concert band (bassoon), marching band (drum line), indoor marching drum line, & percussion ensemble. In the summer of 2004, I had the honor of traveling & performing throughout Europe with the Spirit of America National Honor Band. Attending various concert band clinics allowed my skills on the bassoon to continue to grow during these years; which led to me becoming lead bassoonist of the concert band at a college in South Carolina. At the age of 18, I earned placement into the South Carolina Collegiate Band for the bassoon.
I went on to obtain a Bachelor's degree from Middle Tennessee State University in Music Performance (Bassoon). During this time, I was involved in several ensembles & Naxos recordings with the MTSU Wind Ensemble. Also becoming a mentor for Big Brother Big Sister of Rutherford County & member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, Inc. Currently, I am a bassoonist for the DeKalb County Symphony Orchestra in Georgia.
As a baroque & classically trained bassoonist of over 20 years, I love everything about the arts! I have been a teacher throughout Georgia for several years to children & adults of all levels, covering multiple instruments & genres. After being music teacher for a Montessori Prep Preschool, I decided to finalize my dream school by bringing the arts to the hearts & homes of others through the Montessori philosophy.
Welcome to The Musical Corner. I can't wait to explore the arts with you & your family.
"JUMP! JUMP! JUMP!" Who doesn't love to hear those words while dancing & singing with a child? In fact, those words provided the vision of The Musical Corner to our founder as she danced with her youngest brother during their childhood.
After being diagnosed with Autism as a toddler, music therapy became largely beneficial to his life. Sharing drums, rhythms, & popular songs/tunes in music & movement was the perfect avenue for the siblings to communicate to one another, as well as their peers.
Learning & growing as an educator in Montessori solidified TMC's sole purpose; to be a safe haven for all unique children/families to explore, learn, & express themselves through the arts.
Embracing the pedagogies of Dalcroze and Orff, music & arts in Montessori heavily focuses on cognitive skills, literacy, singing, music & movement, ear training, and playing instruments. Every person has musical potential and all are able to learn and express themselves artistically through the Montessori method. As learners explore, our teachers guide, support, & encourage their personal growth.
No matter the age or playing ability/style, everyone is welcomed. At The Musical Corner, we learn through the arts together.
"There should be music in the child's environment, just as there does exist in the child's environment spoken speech. In the social environment, the child should be considered and the music should be provided"
- Maria Montessori