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"Thanks for everything -- you have helped me so much in the past 3 years! Your words of encouragement, your will to teach, and your wonderful personality have helped me become the flute player I am today! Thanks for pushing me to be the best I can be!"
--- Melissa, former student
"Thank you so much for getting me to where I am today! I know that without your guidance and support, I would have never made it into district band. You're always positive, and your guidance has led me further than I thought was possible. Thanks so much!"
--- Kaitlyn, former student
I’m an Army brat. My childhood was spent living in such diverse locales as Laurel, MD, Atlanta, GA, San Antonio, TX, and Columbia, MO. Our last post was Ft. Leavenworth, KS, where I began playing the flute in 6th grade. Fun fact: I play the flute because my orthodontist wouldn’t let me play the clarinet! He believed the mouthpiece would exacerbate my overbite (not true). Although I struggled for a couple of years, I began to improve when I started taking private flute lessons in the 8th grade. By the time we moved from Ft. Leavenworth to Kansas City, where I finished high school, I knew I wanted to make a career of teaching music. After college, I moved back to Kansas City, where I began teaching private flute lessons. I’ve been a Kansas Citian ever since.
I met my husband, Steven Smith, at a KC music store where we both taught private lessons. He’s a “jack-of-all-trades” kind of musician – saxophonist, violin/viola teacher, orchestra conductor, and arranger. Besides our love of music, we share a fondness for cats and a revulsion for olives. We also share our son, Greg. Despite our best efforts to raise Greg in the family music business, he took his own path, combining his computer savvy and desire to save the planet by forging a career as a software developer of environmentally friendly software programs for public works departments.
In my spare time, I love to travel with my husband – the wanderlust instilled in me as a child is still going strong! I also love BBQ, the Royals, local museums, and driving 20 minutes out into the country every August to view the Perseid meteor shower. Most of all, I love hanging out with friends and family – and our cat Misty.
"Thank you so much for sharing the flute family with our studio class. It was great to see, hear, and play together again!"
--- Katie Baeth, flute teacher, colleague, and Collage Flute Quartet member
"I was happy to have you work with our students this year, we certainly need to do that again next fall!"
--- Band Director