Catherine’s main goal for all lessons is to share her love for music with others by teaching them how to make and enjoy music for themselves! Catherine custom tailors lessons to help students meet their musical goals while learning skills like; instrumental/singing techniques, performance skills, music theory, and composing/improvising. For some students, the goal is preparing for auditions or recitals. Catherine has helped students prepare auditions for and be accepted into programs including Denver City Wide Honor Band, and the University of Northern Colorado music education undergraduate program. Other students’ goals may be very different. For example, a piano lesson with a five-year old involves stories and movement activities. Lessons with an elderly student with Alzheimer’s are about the enjoyment of playing and the childhood memories it can bring back.
Catherine grew up locally in Lakewood, Colorado, where her passion for music started. By the time she graduated from Lakewood High School, Catherine sang in choirs and played many instruments including piano, bass clarinet, percussion, saxophone, and bass. After graduation, Catherine attended and graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts where her studies focused on music education and music therapy. After college Catherine returned to Colorado and began teaching after school enrichment band classes in the Denver area schools, as well as private music lessons. She completed a Master’s Degree in Education at the University of Denver, and obtained a Colorado teaching license from the Department of Education for teaching kindergarten through twelfth grade music in the state of Colorado.
Catherine currently teaches music full-time at Twin Peaks Charter Academy in the St Vrain Valley School District. She works with approximately five hundred music students per year! Her passion for music has led her to collect and learn over twenty-five different instruments from around the world. She also performs with two local bands; the Rocky Mountain Steel Band, and the Longmont Concert Band.