I'm Ashley - church musician, music educator,
writer, and creative entrepreneur

I create and share practical tools and resources
you can use in your ministry and teaching

Most mornings, you can find me in my cozy home office, coffee in hand (as long as it tastes like hot chocolate), writing blog posts and articles and doing research, brainstorming creative teaching ideas, designing inspirational art prints, and curating helpful and practical tools and resources.

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.

Now, with over 15 years of church music experience (everything from accompanying to starting and directing a children’s choir, worship planning to starting and directing handbell choirs) and a Ph.D. in Music Education from the Eastman School of Music, I’m dedicated to sharing what I know and creating valuable, practical resources to help you do your best work.

  Photo: Richard Ashworth

Photo: Richard Ashworth


A church musician, music educator, writer, and creative entrepreneur, Ashley received her 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 in Rochester, NY. 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.


A Few Fun Facts:

  • Fueled by puppy kisses + Haribo gummy bears
  • Loves simplicity, minimalism, and clean, classic design
  • Freelances in the morning and teaches piano in the afternoon
  • Designs calligraphy/typography hymn prints and other home decor items
  • Lives for quiet nights at home with her darling husband, SD (#introvertlife), a HelloFresh meal, and an episode of whatever we’re currently watching on Amazon Prime TV
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Reader Favorites from the Blog


15 Singing Games
for Children's Choir (free eBook)


Six Things I Wish
I'd Known When I
Started in Ministry


7 Insider Tips for
Aspiring Music

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