Diane has been an active member of the Kansas City Music Teachers Association (KCMTA) and Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) since September 1992. Her students have an opportunity to take part each year in the following music events: Fall Festival, Multi-piano Concert, Music Progressions and two recitals. She loves teaching and believes in the importance of encouraging the students to mature in musicianship and artistic expression with excellence, passion and fun. Diane teaches piano privately to all ages.
Diane has been studying music since fourth grade, focusing on violin, piano and voice up through her college education. She has been in many musicals, vocal competitions, junior and senior voice recitals, vocal groups, choirs and television productions. Diane has shared her music for church services, weddings, anniversaries, funerals and other social events. She has also spoken at the Association of Christian School International (ACSI) of Great Plains Teachers Convention.
Diane has been teaching piano for more than 35 years. She began teaching piano in 1979 after graduating from John Brown University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. She then studied piano with Karen Halverhout, UMKC Conservatory of Music faculty, for eight years. Over the past several years she has been teaching piano, voice, music appreciation, and music history and theory.
While teaching traditional reading, she balances her curriculum with ear training, improvisation and beginning composition. Her goal is that her students enjoy the different facets of music while learning skills that will enrich every aspect of their lives.
She loved teaching her two children piano, and looks forward to teaching her two grandsons. She loves spending time with family, playing ukulele, gardening, walking, biking, hiking and getting together with friends.