For a decade, I have educated, mentored, and developed students through the power of music. I currently serve as the new Elementary Music Coach for the Metro Nashville Public School district. In this role I will provide music teachers with support and resources to enhance their classrooms and students.


My student choirs have received superior ratings at state and national vocal competitions. Most recently my choir performed at the 2019 Country Music Association Festival for an audience of 60,000 fans. My students have also been featured on the ABC News Special: Teachers Rock alongside country music recording star Carrie Underwood.

As well as NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt featuring Chris Young.

I have presented music education workshops at state, national, and international conferences.


I am a graduate of the University of Memphis where I earned a Bachelor's of Music Education with an emphasis in choral music. In 2012, I completed the Master of Education Degree in Nonprofit Leadership at Belmont University.


I specialize in providing musical instruction that will empower and engage all children to achieve at their best.

In my classroom students are involved in exploring a wealth of music from a variety of cultures and historical periods by singing, moving, and playing instruments.

Because of my passion for teaching music to young people, I have been honored to receive the following awards.

  • Teacher of the Year in 2015-2016 by his colleagues and administrators at Madison Middle School.

  • A three-time recipient of the prestigious Music Teacher of Excellence Award by the Country Music Association Foundation—2016, 2018, 2019.


I believe the study of music is a unique creative experience that provides opportunities to reinforce skills and concepts of other disciplines, while developing lifelong learning skills. I am also passionate that the cultivation of musicianship begins at a young age and that every child has musical potential.

  • In 2017, recognized by the Tennessee Music Educators Association General Music Division as the 1st ever Teacher Spotlight, which highlights general music teachers across the state to bring awareness to the benefits of music education.

  • In 2016, recognized by Metro Nashville Public Schools and the Nashville Public Education Foundation and received the Blue Ribbon Teacher award for leadership, impressive data and relationships with students.

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