Carol entered the University of Colorado College of Music in 1967 on a Regents Scholarship, graduated with degrees in piano performance and piano pedagogy in 1971 and 1976 respectively, and received her Nationally Certified Teacher of Music certification in 1972. In the 1970’s, she worked for a small publishing company in Boulder, Myklas Press, owned and operated by Mary Elizabeth Clark, former CSMTA president, and helped to found BAMTA’s first Achievement Day in the early ‘70’s which later became a state-wide event. She has served in every board position except secretary for BAMTA, has chaired or co-chaired most of its major events more than once (Ach. Day 4 times, MPF 9 times, Spring Recitals, a 3-day “Baroque Festival” back in the ‘70’s) and also filled the position of Vice President for Teacher Enrichment at the state level sometime in the 1980’s. In the late ‘70’s through the early ‘90’s, she was a member of a four-hand piano team which frequently performed recitals of duet and solo piano music throughout Colorado, and in 1984, while working as marketing director of Chris Finger Pianos in Niwot, conceived of and co-chaired, together with former student, now colleague, Laura Williams Boniek, BAMTA’s first Multiple Piano Festival, an event which will be entering its 31st year this coming November.
Trained as a classical pianist, Carol enlarged her horizons by becoming a certified Kindermusik instructor in 1990 and taught Kindermusik classes as well as piano lessons in her independent piano studio from approx. 1993-2005. She experimented with a modified form of group teaching by seeing most of her school-age piano students in pairs from around 1980-2005, largely because of her exposure during graduate school to group teaching guru Guy Duckworth. She also studied jazz piano with Ted Alexander for 1 year, Keith MacDonald for one summer and, most recently, with Rebecca Martin from approx. 2005-2010.
Carol has attended at least 12 national and 26 state music teachers’ conferences in her 43 years of teaching, and is recently nearing completion of one of the biggest projects of her career, that of reading and evaluating, with the help of MANY of her students, former students, colleagues and friends, roughly 2000 piano duets, duos, trios and quartets, then selecting and “leveling” the approx. 600-700 which will be included in the 2016-2020 edition of the National Federation of Music Clubs bulletin. She was named Teacher of the Year by the Colorado State Music Teachers’ Association in 2014. Her presentation is entitled “Forty-ish Years of My Best and Worst Ideas in Teaching.