First Music


Emily received her B.M. Percussion Performance and Music Education, Certificate in Arts Leadership, from the Eastman School of Music in University of Rochester.

Performance and Teaching Experience

Emily has performed in many venues including the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater, and the main stage at the Percussive Arts Society’s International Conference. She played timpani for the world premier of the House of Cards Symphony, written and conducted by Emmy award-winning film/television composer Jeff Beal. Emily performed as principal percussionist and timpanist of the Eastman Wind Ensemble and the Eastman Philharmonia.

Emily is also currently teaching instrumental music at Pyle Middle School and Westland Middle School in Bethesda, MD. She worked in the early childhood music department at the Eastman Community Music School in Rochester, NY and taught classes to students between the ages of 4 months and 5 years old.

At Levine

Emily began teaching in the First Music program at Levine in 2016.

Some of Emily’s favorite aspects about being at Levine are, “the variety of teaching experiences I have within the First Music Department at Levine. I start my Saturdays teaching babies and toddlers, and finish the day with kindergarteners. I see first-hand what music can do for the motor, social, and emotional development of a child at each age level. The Levine community is special. Students, parents, and faculty are enthusiastic and receptive to new musical ideas, and always emphasize a high level of musicianship.”

Teaching Philosophy and Approach

“Children are the most impressionable during the first few years of their lives. This is when the brain forms the most neural connections. Music solidifies and creates these neural pathways across the brain. For young children, music and play are one and the same. I hope to create a positive environment for students to sing, play, and move to a variety of musical styles and genres.”