Meet Bonnie - Associate Piano & Clarinet Teacher
Bonnie believes that anyone, regardless of their age or background, can learn music. She is an enthusiastic and fun teacher who enjoys working with students of all ages and creating a connection with each of her students to get to know their personalities and their goals. Having eight years of teaching experience, she has developed unique ways to learn music that make lessons enjoyable and effective. She believes music lessons should be fun and not intimidating and the purpose of the lessons are to help students achieve their goals in music whether it be playing classical, jazz, pop, or any style. By incorporating music theory, ear training, and some music history in lessons, students will become well-rounded musicians that have a better overall understanding of music.
Bonnie graduated Summa Cum Laude from Baylor University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in piano performance, studying under Krassimira Jordan. While at Baylor, she was a member of the Symphonic Band, pianist for the theater department, as well as collaborative artist for her peers as well as a few ensembles. She was the recipient of the Music Incentive Talent Scholarship, the nominee for the J. Harry and Anna Jeanes Academic Honors for the School of Music, and the recipient of the Gladys Calder Stinson Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Performer in Piano. Prior to attending Baylor University, she was the principal clarinetist in the Southwest Honor Band and the Texas All-State Concert Band, as well as winner of the TMTA Orchestral Instrument division in 2013. She has won several piano competitions including the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestra Competition, the UTEP Piano Competition, and the Baylor Semper Pro Competition. She has had the opportunity to study abroad and perform in concerts and masterclasses in Vienna and Innsbruck, Austria, where she studied with world-renowned musicians.