music teaching theatre & dance

    The Next 5 Years

    November 13, 2018

    We moved to this small, rural Ohio town a little over five years ago. Since the summer of 2013, my husband started (and finished) medical school, became a doctor, and is currently in residency. My daughter grew from a preschooler to a fourth grader, and my son from an infant to a kindergartner. And I … I built a voice studio and starting teaching full-time (or whatever it is when you have so many part-time jobs that they equal one…

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  • personal theatre & dance

    Act 2: The Post-Musical Era

    I have a confession: I loved Hamilton, but I don’t *love* Hamilton–not in the way a good musical theatre person should. The day the Ben Brantley review came out, I bought tickets. Brian and I…

    July 10, 2016
  • personal theatre & dance

    The Shame of Being Non-Equity

    “I define shame as the intensely painful feeling or experience of believing that we are flawed and therefore unworthy of love and belonging – something we’ve experienced, done, or failed to do makes us…

    May 23, 2016
  • personal

    We’re moving (across Cyberspace)!

    My dearest, sweet MAB LIBS readers, I have good news and bad news. Everyone always wants the bad news first, so here goes … I’m retiring this blog address. I didn’t intend to, but I…

    June 28, 2015
  • music teaching writing

    Why I Choose to Teach (Part 1)

    Although my last name is likely derived from Brotbäcker (German for “bread baker”), the family profession is no longer baking—it is education. My father was a teacher and school superintendent before becoming a university…

    May 13, 2015
  • teaching

    Cold season: The struggle is real

    Your vocals are sick, but not in a good way because it’s cold season. Not to worry — I’ve got you covered. Here’s to vocal hygiene. Read on. 1. Hydrate. Proper hydration is the most…

    February 17, 2015