Biography

Music has always been a powerful influence in my life and I have always enjoyed sharing it with students.

Gail PhotoAfter receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in applied piano from the University of Kentucky, I attended graduate school at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and received a Master of Music degree in applied piano. While at U of I, I worked on a Doctor of Musical Arts degree under Ian Hobson. Other professors with whom I have studied include Kenneth Drake, Eric Dalheim, James Lyke and Nathaniel Patch.

Accompanying, theory, and piano pedagogy are other areas which were emphasized in my degree programs. Through accompanying vocalists and instrumentalists, I have been exposed to many different pedagogical styles which have influenced my approach to musical instruction.

Currently I perform, adjudicate at various competitions each year, and present lecture/recitals to teacher organizations throughtout the state.

I am a member of CAMTA (Capital Area Music Teacher's Association), MMTA (Michigan Music Teacher's Association), MTNA (Music Teachers National Association), and the Lansing Matinee Musicale.