My studio philosophy is to foster a lifelong love of music and improvement in skills in a supportive and encouraging environment, no matter the student's skill level or future musical plans.

Now offering online lessons via Zoom!

I teach clarinet and bass clarinet lessons from beginner on up (4th grade to adult) and piano lessons (beginner, 4th grade to adult) in the Crystal Lake, Illinois area (McHenry County). I have a Bachelor of Music in theory and composition from Ohio State University (1997) and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2005). I work as a librarian for a public library and live with my husband and three cats.

Some features of my studio:

  • The first lesson is free. This is a chance to see if we want to work together.
  • I am reliable. I rarely cancel lessons, and then only for emergencies.
  • I am flexible. While weekly lessons are typical, I also have students with other schedules.

My rate is $25 for a 30-minute lesson. I can also accommodate 45- and 60-minute lessons (inquire for cost). I typically give weekly lessons, but can work with other schedules. Please feel free to contact me via the contact form.

Check out my interview at VoyageChicago magazine!


Sheet Music Plus is a good source for finding sheet music. I am a member of their affiliate program and earn commissions on sales through my link.

Click here for Clarinet Sheet Music (and more!)

Tonal Diversions, my music appreciation blog

I have sheet music on Sheet Music Plus, including clarinet arrangements of Bach's music and pieces for clarinet choir.

I am active in the following local music groups: