"I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts, like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart, like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me like food or water." Ray Charles
I love playing, singing, studying and teaching music. I want my students to enjoy learning to make music as much as I enjoy playing, singing, studying and teaching. Music should bring great joy, or at least a few laughs and a good time to both players and listeners. A 22-year career as a public school music educator has taught me the importance of joy in learning music. My wide experience as a performer has taught me how joyful it can be to share music with others. Private and group guitar and ukulele lessons are available in my home in Catonsville near Ellicott City. I also teach guitar and ukulele at Appalachian Bluegrass Shoppe in Catonsville and ukulele classes for seniors through Anne Arundel Community College.