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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • teaching

    Robots are our friends

    I’m trying to simplify. I’m trying to streamline. I deleted my Instagram account 1.) because I have too many social media accounts and find it overwhelming and 2.) because they changed their policies and…

    January 15, 2013