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At the age of 6, my mom signed me up for piano lessons. At 6 1/2 I quit. Then at 8 I started yearning to play. Kindly, my mom signed me up again and the rest is history. I took privately through the 8th grade, then got into horseback riding and just did the piano for fun - through high school. Off to college, I purchased a horse I had been training here in California, and moved to UC Davis, then to a private college in Oklahoma where I took a minor in Music Technology and had the greatest piano teacher ever. I requested the "Blues and Boogie" teacher because I loved it and my Classical teachers had not been able to help me in that area. On scholarship for piano lessons, I learned and played Boogie Woogie piano, improvisation with chords, and lead sheets to my heart's content. My horse also saw me four times a week. It was a beautiful life! After Oklahoma, the horse and I moved to Kentucky for graduate school where I obtained a Masters Degree in Social Work. The horse did not think she needed a college degree. I was able to work at a fantastic psychiatric hospital playing piano in the intake unit, to keep people calm. The head Psychiatrist played "fiddle" and a few nurses played drums and guitar. Every week we our little makeshift band would play for the residents. Patients who never moved or smiled got up and danced! I will always remember the gentleman who sprang up from his chair, grabbed his IV stand, and danced with it. Upon returning to California, (horse in tow), I started teaching piano privately (not with the horse) while studying to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker here in CA. Often, I would give horseback riding lessons to pay for my piano and other studies, and sometimes teach piano to pay for my horse board! All in all it was a great foundation. I have been teaching privately since 1999 and had the wonderful honor of joining the music school, Phoenix Feather Academy of Music, as a private teacher in 2014, where I still teach. Thanks for reading!
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