Music is a way in which we understand the deepest most sincere thoughts and emotions of one another. Stephanie truly believes the arts bring us joy, enables us to deal with and give shape to the greatest, most unanswerable questions and are ultimately the profoundest expression of our humanity. Music must be taught because it is the ultimate tool to promote creativity and it brings out the inner most quality of ones own self to a form that can be understood by others. Stephanie began taking piano lessons in 2nd grade, then voice lessons in 3rd grade, and the french horn in 4th grade. This early education was instrumental in pushing Stephanie to pursue a career in music.
Stephanie graduated from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York in 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Music Education. Under the direction of Dr. Susan Harwood, she studied music as a vocalist for all four years of her undergraduate career. In 2010, she founded the first co-ed a cappella group, The Golden Notes, who performed locally, around the state and even competed in the ICCA’s (The Varsity Vocals International Championship of Collegiate A Capella). She was also a member of the College of Saint Rose Chamber Choir all four years. The group toured all over Europe singing major and minor works by a variety of different composers. During her time at Saint Rose, she was also a member and President of the Saint Rose Dance Club and from 2011-2013. In January 2017, she completed her Masters Degree in Music Education from Boston University.
Originally from New York, Stephanie taught elementary music in New York City and relocated to North Carolina in 2016. In her private lessons, she finds ways to relate to the students through modern techniques as well as traditional methods to keep them interested and eager. Her goal is to help instill her own passion for music to each student she teaches.