I am TJ and I want to say WELCOME and to say
thank you for visiting my Web Site!
Here is just a little about me and why I enjoy music so very much. I am originally from the Midwest (Illinois precisely) and my parents believed in offering me as many opportunities as possible. One of them being music. I started on the clarinet and organ at the age of 8 years old. My music teacher in Elem. School taught me how music can be one's best friend. She was right! I loved playing both instruments and my parents taught me how the passion of life can be portrayed in anything that I want to do - and to me it was through music ...and coming from a family of teachers, I knew I was destined to teach, loved it just as much as sharing that love and passion of music with everyone I meet!
I am a proud graduate of the University of Illinois (Urbana, IL) School of Music and just as proud of being a member of the prestigious "Marching Illini" (MI). I graduated from the U of I with a degree in Music Education: Major instrument being Clarinet; Minor: Vocal and Piano.
Just before graduation, I applied for, and was hired by, a great school system in the Des Moines, IA area. I was very lucky to have received this job offer when teaching jobs were quite scarce. I taught Jr. High Bands: Jr. High Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, as well as Beginner Band (4th grade) and Elem. Band (5th and 6th); Also taught the Jr. High Chorus and General Music (classroom) for 7th and 8th grades. Even wrote the Jr. High Gen. Music curriculum for the school. Teaching there - my gosh, what a blast that was! Greatest kids to teach, in the world! I was even the sponsor for the Jr. High Cheerleaders as well as the Jr. High Boys Asst. Basketball Coach. What a great time we all had!
During my 4th year of teaching, I met the man of my dreams: "Mark", whom I married one year later. Mark and I have a love for dual sport motorcycles and music, which brought us together so well. We enjoyed the spring, summers and fall of Iowa as we rode our motorcycles on the weekends. However, we were not fond of the long, cold, gray winters so soon we packed up and moved to Florida (1990). Been residents here since.
Moved to Florida and was hired by a Panasonic/Technics Musical Instrument Dealer. My position asked me to write/develop the Educational Program for their Home Entertainment Organs for the Senior Market here in FL. This consisted of developing a three (3) year course for the market. To create a program that was not only educational but also FUN! I also taught for Technics/Panasonic and became VP of Education. I was in charge of hiring and training teachers for this program for the numerous stores, numerous years, here in Florida. I was flattered to have been given the TEACHER OF THE YEAR award 4 of the 7 years I was there as an employee.
My other position, with this dealer, was head of Promotions and Marketing. I established and coordinated the yearly 3-day MUSIC EXTRAVAGANZAS - what fun that was, too! Themed parties with GALA EVENING CONCERTS. Eventually we went to two 3-day events, back to back, due to the large amount of attendees and popularity. We held a 3-day event for the EAST COAST of FLORIDA and then a 3-day event for the WEST COAST of FLORIDA the following days. My job was to set up the hotel/meals, create the handouts/booklets and schedules as well as set up the advertising and promotional plans. I coordinated the artists' schedules and their program as well as the attendees routine, clinics and workbooks and was the main emcee for the 3 day program.
A few years later, I also was hired for another music brand, "ROLAND" musical keyboard instruments. Coordinating these "extravaganzas" was a tremendous amount of work, but gosh those were such fun days of not only working with the students/attendees but also all the famous artists in the field. Such great results - such great memories!
I also have worked with another music chain featuring the wonderful Lowery organs, here in Florida. They asked me to "test-drive" a new pilot concept called "THE STUDIO". One person facility....ME! Right here in Palm Coast. We were the #1 store for this chain for many months, not only in recruitment of students but also of organ sales. Started with 12 students and within months had increased to over 100, by the next year over 150 students!. Thanks to all the students for "spreading the word!" We had so many parties and concerts - had such fun "learning" to play in our classes! I was even honored as their "TEACHER OF THE YEAR", my very first year with them. Great memories!
Since then, Mark and I established the first MSF (Motorcycle Safety Foundation) Training School for Flagler County...where we taught "newbies" the Basic RiderCourseSM and "oldies" the Experienced RiderCourseSM ...the safety of how to ride motorcycles, become a better rider and overall enjoy the experience and once again, "passion" of being a motorcycle enthusiast!. What a blast that was! We both love to teach! Teaching the passion of Motorcycling AND Music - what could be better?! I come from a entrepreneur family and love motivating people and encouraging folks to achieve their goals.
I am honored to still be able to love what I do: that is teaching music, performing concerts on various keyboards: organ, digital piano and keyboard (which I have been doing here in FLORIDA since 1991) as well as riding dual purpose motorcycles (which I have been doing since I was 13 years of age on our numerous vacations up in Minn. with my family) and building businesses with my husband, Mark, since 1980.
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If you have any questions -
please feel free to contact me.
I hope that you allow me to share with you the passion of music and teach you how to enjoy playing!