Scarlet Keys

Associate Professor

"The thing I love the most about teaching is helping students discover themselves, helping them tell the stories of their lives through music, and encouraging them to grow as artists."

"I create an environment in the classroom that is relaxed, fun, and creative because although craft is an intellectual pursuit, creativity needs to run rampant. It’s like a child learning to walk; it needs to have the freedom to try things out, to play and discover itself."

"While focusing on the artistic endeavors of each student, I attempt to instill knowledge of the tools and awareness of commercial songwriting. This ensures a student will have the ability to reach as broad an audience as possible."

Career Highlights

  • B.M., Berklee College of Music
  • Staff songwriter for Warner Chappell/The New Company Nashville
  • Live performances include the Blue Bird café, Nashville; ESPN; Bass Masters Classic, New Orleans Arena; and venues in Nashville, California, and New England as featured pianist/vocalist
  • Gold record for song "So Much Love to Make" recorded by Swedish artist Jill Johnson
  • Single "Gonna Dance" recorded by jazz artist Anna Wilson
  • Charted on Billboard's jazz chart in 2008 with Anna Wilson's Christmas album Yule Swing; No. 1 single on British country chart with artist Lucie Diamond; No. 2 on the European country charts with single and title track to artist Lucie Diamond's record I Wanna Be Rich.
  • Released original jazz and blues CD Java Jam
  • Songs have appeared on Fox television and daytime television. Also written theme songs for national commercials, including Our Time and Zulily clothing. Movie placement in The Greening of Whitney Brown, starring Kris Kristofferson and Brooke Shields
  • Has collaborated and/or recorded with: Tim McGraw's musical director, Denny Hemingson; CMA award winner Patricia Conroy; folk artist Melissa Ferrick; Golden Globe nominee  Monty Powell (who has written for Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, and Lady Antebullum); India Arie's guitarist and producer, Blue Miller; Grammy-winning artist Gretchen Wilson; artist and hit writer Chris Stapleton; hit writer Steve Leslie; and Bob Bullock (engineer for George Strait and Shania Twain)