Rachel is a passionate educator, with experience teaching elementary general music and choral music. In 2002 she earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from East Carolina, and in 2010 graduated from The University of Hartford’s Hartt School with a Master of Music Education. Rachel is currently working on her doctorate at Michigan State University where she is a graduate teaching assistant, oversees undergraduate student teachers, has served with the community engagement program, and is one of the graduate assistant who oversees the NAfME chapter at MSU. Her research interests include music cognition and language acquisition in students with special needs, and how music may benefit those with language delays.
Rachel discovered Dr. Feierabend her first year at state conference and has been engaging her students with First Steps in Music and Conversational Solfege since. Over the course of her public school teaching she has introduced Dr. Feierabend’s philosophy to school systems around Virginia and continues to lead many workshops and sessions on incorporating the Feierabend philosophy into Recorder, the Orff Schulwerk, and the special learner.
Rachel is fully certified in the Feierabend method, is a founding member of FAME, and is a teacher trainer for both First Steps and Conversational Solfege Level 1 and 2.
Rachel lives with her husband and two children in Lansing, Michigan.