Elizabeth discovered a desire to help and teach others at an early stage, and found she loved music after joining band in middle school. She went on to play clarinet, saxophone, piano and bassoon as well as direct ensembles through high school and into college. Elizabeth studied music education and performance at Stetson University, in DeLand, Florida. Working with professors like Lynn Musco, Kristi Born, Dan Ferri, Douglas Phillips and Gregory LaFils Elizabeth refined her performance and teaching skills while also getting a lot of hands-on experience with students of all ages.
Throughout college, Elizabeth played with the Stetson Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Clarinet Choir. After college, Elizabeth started playing full time with the LCO Clarinet Choir and Big Band, the Orlando Concert Band, and the Music to My Mind Wind Ensemble directed by Frank Taylor. Elizabeth volunteers and performs on piano with local churches, and is always looking for a new musical gig to flex her woodwind doubling chops.
The core of Elizabeth's teaching has always been individuality. Each student deserves their own lesson plans, goals, instruction, and interaction. Every person is different, and those differences should be celebrated and embraced. As a teacher, Elizabeth focuses on helping students learn to love music as they're learning to prevent early burnout. Combining scales and exercises with games to help younger kids stay engaged, or bringing in songs that the student chooses to help with motivation, she really prides herself on finding unique and different solutions to help each individual student.