Music Mission and Teaching Philosophy

Music Mission

Teresa’s mission is to get her students making music. In the process, sequential music instruction creates permanent gains neurologically and in focus, confidence, and self-expression that enhance every area of their lives. Students share their work in periodic recitals. These performance opportunities become memorable life experiences for them and their families and friends.

Teaching Philosophy

Teresa’s teaching philosophy stems first from her own childhood. Singing and playing from the time she was tiny, the grownups in her life took her seriously. So these days she respects the power parents have to foster their children’s musical lives.

What’s more, she has heard so many poignant stories from old and new friends over the years:


If someone had supported my interest…
If my teacher or parents had listened to what I wanted to learn…


These stories and Teresa’s lifelong passion for music-making inform her approach: using the musical interests of each unique, individual student to move them forward. Who are they—who do they want to be—musically? Whether baby steps or big goals, their interests are context for everything.


If I were not a physicist, I would probably
be a musician. I often think in music.
I live my daydreams in music.
I see my life in terms of music.

—Albert Einstein