Rachel grew up in a musical home where singing and playing instruments together was a regular part of family life. She began private piano lessons when she was 7 years old and studied with various piano instructors, including her dad who supplemented her private piano lessons with additional music theory. She continued lessons throughout her undergraduate studies at Augsburg University, where she studied piano under Professor Jill Dawe.
Rachel has kept her connection to music alive in a variety of ways since graduating from Augsburg, including accompanying vocalists and other instrumentalists, playing piano for church services, volunteering to play at nursing homes, and tutoring elementary and college aged piano students. In addition to her musical expertise, Rachel has extensive education experience. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Masters in Education and has taught middle school science for the past seven years. In addition to her classroom experience, she has also worked for afterschool programs and worked as an educator for the International Wolf Center.
Rachel is excited to get to know students and help them grow as pianists. Playing piano can bring joy and confidence to a young person’s life as well as equip them with a lifelong skill.
Outside of work Rachel enjoys reading, baking, hiking, and spending time with her two-year-old son Zayn and her dog Cato.