Most mornings, you can find me in my cozy home office, coffee in hand (cappuccino, please!), writing blog posts and articles, doing research, brainstorming creative teaching ideas, designing helpful tools, and curating practical resources you can use in your ministry, teaching, and creative work.
I've always been drawn to music.
In fact, those early experiences singing in the children’s choir at our small Episcopal church, organizing and directing various musical ensembles with my brothers and sister (we became known as the "A.M.E.N. Singers," based on the first initials of our names), and volunteering in my United Methodist church music program during high school inspired me to become a church musician and music educator.
For over 15 years, I had the privilege of serving in music ministry in churches big and small - everything from accompanying to starting and directing a children’s choir to handbells to worship planning. At the same time, I started teaching at the community level - in a community music school, building a private studio of my own, organizing educational community events, and teaching at the college level.
It was then that I recognized music teaching and learning as the heart of my work. I found my passion at the intersection of music education and church music and developed a love for creating new things, building community, and finding connection through music.
Seeing the power of music to bring people together, heal and inspire and change lives for the better made me want to be the best musician and teacher I could be.
I completed an M.M. and Ph.D. in Music Education at the Eastman School of Music and began piecing together a freelance career that would allow me to share what I was learning as I was learning it - to lead with authenticity.
My mission is offer creative ideas and practical resources for church musicians and music educators so you can lead, teach, and inspire others with creativity and confidence.
A church musician, music educator, writer, and creative entrepreneur, Ashley received a B.A. in Music from the University of Georgia and completed an M.M. and Ph.D. in Music Education at the Eastman School of Music. She also received the Certificate in Arts Leadership from Eastman’s Institute for Music Leadership. Ashley lives in Rochester, NY with her husband, Steve (also a musician) and their rescue dog, Rory.
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