I began taking piano lessons at the age of 6. Early in life, I new that I wanted to someday become a music teacher. I was born with a passion for music and a desire to share that with others. In 2002, I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Music with an emphasis on Vocal Performance and Instruction. In 2004, I graduated with a Masters of Arts in that same field. In 2002, I began teaching at Pensacola Christian College on the Freshman level while working on my Master's. In 2004, I was offered a faculty position at Pensacola Christian College. I taught Speech class and Vocal Instruction on the Freshman through Senior class level. I gained experience teaching in the private lesson setting as well as the classroom group instruction setting.
I greatly enjoyed teaching on the college level. My students were music majors or minors and were very talented and dedicated in their field of study. I had the opportunity to prepare students for Sophomore music platforms and Senior recitals as requirements for graduation.
As much as I loved teaching college, my dream since I was a little girl was to open my own music studio. I wanted children and this would give me an opportunity to stay at home with my kids and also do what I love to do.
In 2005, I left the college and opened Pensacola Music Studio with the help of my fiance who is now my husband. I began to sign up students for lessons quickly. As business was starting up, I taught lessons part time at a local Christian School for two years. In 2007, I had a good number of students and was able to stay home full time and run my studio. During the time of 2007-2012, my students learned and grew musically. Some were given wonderful opportunities for performance in the community as well as participating in our yearly Spring Recital.
In the Spring of 2012, Pensacola Music Studio closed it's doors as a result of our family relocating to the Tampa Bay Area.
Pensacola Music Studio is now reopened as Hatfield Studios located in Wesley Chapel, FL. I am now accepting students for private voice and piano lessons.
My performance experience includes: Solo performance at community gatherings, church functions, and weddings. I have participated in several operas and musicals singing in the chorus and ensembles. I also had the wonderful opportunity for playing main roles and understudies for operas and musicals.