How long have you been working in education?
I have taught music for 30 years. I started teaching Private Saxophone lessons while I was in college in Texas. I believe that anyone can learn to play music, all it takes is the desire and time. I taught saxophone lessons for a school for the blind while in Boston. Learning to read music was out of the question for these students, but learning to hear and memorize was not. Working with people with disabilities taught me patience and that all people can learn to play music.
In what areas?
I play Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone saxophones, Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, Oboe and Trombone. Though Bassoon, Oboe and Trombone, I’m still learning. I’m a coach and conductor of musical groups.
How long at JHCS?
5 awesome years!
What do you do outside working at JHCS?
I play in the Jason Fritts Project, Wyatt Lowe and the Mayhem Kings, Calle Mambo, Backstreet Jazz and Funk Orchestra, Jazz Foundation of Jackson Hole, Hoff Polka Band, and the Bushing Violets. Music is Life! My whole day is geared around making music, either teaching or playing.
What is your most rewarding part of the day at JHCS?
Teaching the Beginning and Advanced classes makes my day. Seeing students gain confidence in their abilities and to see students branch out and play other instruments.
What drew you to the field of education?
The biggest gift for someone is to teach them to make a living and to help them find their passions.