"Don't only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the divine."
Ludwig van Beethoven
Born and raised on a farm in northeast Nebraska, playing music was the only activity that would bring Anna indoors away from chores, climbing trees, riding four-wheelers, and playing with puppies and kittens. Beginning music lessons at age six, playing violin and piano quickly became one of Anna’s favorite hobbies.
Earning music scholarships to attend The University of South Dakota, she graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance. Anna's favorite subjects included music theory, orchestral conducting, composition, arranging, music history, viola, and cello lessons. Throughout her musical career, Anna has played a combination of piano, violin, and fiddle in many ensembles including jazz band, concert choir, symphony orchestra, string quartets, rock orchestra, a country band, and a rock band. After moving to Colorado, Anna joined Evergreen Chamber Orchestra where she continues her love of playing in groups in the violin section.
In the studio with Anna
In the studio
Lessons with Anna are filled with fun ways of learning music, making it a joyful experience. Anna has been teaching music since 2012 to students of all ages. This experience has played a big part in her goal of teaching students the skills to practice effectively on their own. Each lesson is individually based on each student's goals. While some lessons are focused on elements of the Suzuki Method, others are filled with song writing and learning familiar and favorite tunes. In every lesson there is always material to help students with their technique, theory, rhythm, and ear training skills.
From long intensive hours of practice, Anna understands more than anyone the pain that can come with overuse and misuse. Through Anna's studies of the Alexander Technique, she focuses much of the lessons on the health and wellness of her students. Anna ensures that her students are effectively utilizing their posture and stance in order to play with ease and prevent injury.