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  • music teaching theatre & dance

    The Next 5 Years

    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.…

    November 13, 2018
  • 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
  • music news

    Grad School: Part Deux

    The difference a year can make is astounding. Around this time last year, I started thinking about going back to school for a music therapy certification. Today, I was accepted into the Master of…

    February 19, 2014
  • music teaching

    You’re getting warmer

    After the shooting in Newtown, Conn., last December, I had what alcoholics may refer to as “a moment of clarity.” I’ve written before about my inner conflict with performing as something that I see…

    April 18, 2013
  • balance music writing


    I was a totally lazy POS yesterday who stayed in her pajamas all day watching the presidential inauguration. My favorite moments of the day included Al Roker and pretty much anything James Taylor sang…

    January 22, 2013
  • music

    A change in me

    This is hard. This is just for me. The blog is for “you.” Well, for the readers. It’s actually like writing for an audience. I write specifically with “my reader” in mind, like I’m…

    January 10, 2013