Rachel has been singing and playing piano as long as she can remember. She has also been working with children, in a variety of capacities, for nearly as long. What began as occasional babysitting became regular childcare opportunities as a babysitter and daycare worker. After graduation from high school, she moved from Oklahoma to the Philadelphia area as a full-time, live-in nanny. After several years as a nanny, she went back to school (though she continued to work as a live-out nanny during breaks.) She received her degree in music education from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and was selected as the first student intern conductor of the Kennett Symphony Children's Choir in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.
Rachel has taught classroom general, vocal, and choral music to students of all ages (Kindergarten through high school) and in locations as varied as Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Salt Lake City, Utah. In 2013, she made the transition to private music instruction when she was hired to teach for the Meridee Winters School of Music in Ardmore, PA. There she discovered the joy of being able to tailor her lessons to the needs of one student at a time. She embraced the Meridee Winters methodology, which emphasizes creativity and songwriting. She guided dozens of students of all ages to create original songs and nurtured them on their musical journeys, from teenage angst to stage fright. While teaching for the Meridee Winters School, she was promoted to the position of Lead Teacher and contributed as a mentor to new teachers.
As her glowing recommendations can attest, Rachel is a gifted and insightful teacher, with a great love and passion for helping her students grow and develop skills in a joyous, nurturing environment. As a mom of two, Rachel now teaches outside Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and continues to spread her creative musical magic to a new group of students. Rachel loves flying kites and wearing colorful socks.