and I help parents of autistic kids learn Song Language to improve communication and connection while reducing anxiety.
With viola performance and teacher certification degrees from the University of Washington, I have taught in school and private music lesson settings, learning the core principles that help people to express themselves through music. I also use sound healing to inform my way of helping people to transform their communication with their kids and students.
My first album, Grace So Amazing helps adults find calm through meditative mantra songs. My second album Brain Songs, helps with social and emotional learning for autistic kids. I create and perform music with a mix of jazz, folk and meditative songs using violin, viola, cello, and vocals.
After 4+ years of fertility challenges, I went through a major healing journey. I went on to meet my now-husband on the swing dance floor while on a trip to Sweden. And, I now live in Herräng, Sweden with my husband and our child, who was born when I was 43. My husband Mattias and I enjoy sharing our love of swing dancing and singing with our autistic/ADHD child.
Why work with me?
I strive to honor and respect multiple perspectives and cultures as they influence my music and my teaching. From the Northwest US, I grew up in Bothell and taught in Central Kitsap School District for 15 years. I also taught one year at Kodaikanal International School in Tamil Nadu, India and two years with International English School in Stockholm, Sweden.
I understand the challenges of creating music and the incredible healing power it has for all types of people. In addition to school teaching, I’ve taught private lessons on violin, viola, cello, bass, piano and voice.
Through my school programs, lessons and online courses, I aim to empower students and create community. Let’s make music together to reduce anxiety and depression and become more connected with yourself and the children in your life.