A born and raised Austinite, my love of music runs deeper than the Colorado River. My whole family shares a thirst and appreciation for music, and singing as a family happened often and with much enthusiasm! My mom played the piano and guitar while dad educated and shaped my musical preferences with his impressive collection of record albums and boisterous singing voice.
I started singing in Children's Choir at age 5 and studied piano throughout elementary school. I began playing the clarinet in 4th grade and continued through my sophomore year at Texas Lutheran University, where I majored in Elementary Music Education while on a music performance scholarship. My claim to fame is two separate appearances at Carnegie Hall, once as a soloist! I also spent time at Trinity Lutheran College as a Youth and Family Studies major, where I enjoyed singing in the choir and studied guitar and piano.
I enjoyed 6-months "on the road" traveling the southwestern United States as part of a five-piece band, Kindred, sponsored by Youth Encounter. During these months on the road I led countless sing-alongs and concerts for youth and their families with my voice, guitar, and hand percussion.
A songwriter since high school, I truly found my voice standing beside the waters of Flathead Lake in Montana, where I worked for 5 consecutive summers as a camp counselor and a member of the leadership staff at Flathead Lutheran Camp. My guitar was a constant companion through these summers. Back home in Austin since 2005, I am thrilled to have found Heartsong Music and the Music Together® program, feeling in my bones that I have found something I am meant to do. I believe we all have music inside of us, and I am passionate about helping children and their families to let it out!
Sally has completed Music Together's advanced training, Certification Level 1.
"Life is so much sweeter with music classes taught by Ms. Sally. My son (and the rest of our family) adores her. She’s incredibly talented and patient with the kids – allowing each child to respond and express themselves as they need. It’s so fun to hear my son sing songs, see him dance and show interest in playing musical instruments."
"Sally was so wonderful. In the demo sessions we'd been to, my son seemed to connect with her really well, and I was happy to see that continue throughout this session. He has become so much more engaged, both at in class and singing at home and in the car, as the session has progressed."
"Sally is such a joy to be around. My 16 month old adores her. She is very natural and comfortable in her role and that puts everyone at ease to participate, explore, and be themselves!"
"Sally is an amazing teacher. I think that the word "teacher" doesn't even describe what she is. She immerses the children in the beauty of music and singing. She teaches the adults that parents' voice doesn't have to be pitch perfect, it just has to carry love and warmth. She reminds us why lullabies were sing from the beginning of time, and why millions of people in different cultures choose singing to express happiness and sorrow."
"Sally is so gifted. She manages to be both calm and energy filled, and it's clear she loves what she does. I thought she and Alyssa (co-teacher with Sally) made a great team this session. We love them both."
"Sally engages the children in such a real way, bringing interest to sound and visuals around the room. I highly recommend Sally."
"Sally has a way with children, music, and instruments that I have not been able to duplicate at home. My son would watch in amazement as she sang and played the guitar. She has a knack for making ALL feel welcome and shares a wealth of musically related knowledge with the class each week."
"Sally has been a fantastic teacher for my son over the last two sessions at Heartsong and has a special gift working with young children! I've been a part of Music Together with both of my children for a few years now and I can truly say that Sally has a unique way of engaging children like none other. She is able to be silly, fun, creative, and respectful of all of the unique qualities each child in the class holds and then molds them together through music. I would highly recommend her to any family beginning classes at Heartsong."
"Sally is an incredible teacher. We have found her classes to be so much fun as well as informative. Not only is she musically talented, but she also offers great background information on how our children's minds are developing. We have learned so much from her class."
"Sally was a joy. She volunteered to lead a singalong at our family fundraiser in the spring and kept in great touch with me always throughout the year. The teachers all spoke about how much the children looked forward to music - especially the toddler group, and were impressed by how Sally organized and structured her classes!" - Lora Dever, Director - St. James Episcopal School