I've a rather unique perspective about music and life.
I have heard (conservatively) 500 eulogies at funerals. In my musical work, I have had the honor of providing music for more than 500 funerals and memorial services. I've witnessed the expression of music help to comfort and to celebrate life. The opportunity to hear how people lived, what was important and what really didn't matter gives a person an incredible education. You can't help but self reflect and learn from these amazing individuals and their families. The reality is brought present that our time here is short and we are all going to experience death.
I believe that "eulogy education" along with my passion for finding peace from anxiety and stress was a catalyst in my passionate journey with personal development and music. I am wild about learning every day and collecting tools for life's toolbox.
I've witnessed the power of music in many unique areas of life.
I've observed people with advanced dementia that no longer recognize their spouse or children sing all the words to an old favorite song or others with Alzheimer's relax and calm from severe agitation when music is shared.
My dogs respond to music. My Dagwood will "sing" low and throaty or soft and soaring to the quietest piano (and scotties are not known to "sing"). Even our fur friends are stirred by music.
I'm a quirky person that loves my two Scottish terriers. I have (and love) WAY TOO MANY cozy blankets and have a plush animal collection. My color is yellow (though not much for clothing, as it is unfortunately a rather ghastly color with my skin tone). I love decluttering, getting things done, soap operas and the thrill of a ROSS or TJ MAXX find.
I love to listen and to learn. I am passionate about sharing resources, ideas and tips that helped me in life. Perhaps they may help you too!
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Thank you, peace and blessings in your life!
Rebecca's diverse experience includes playing, singing, performing, teaching, coaching, acting and/or directing for events, church services, choirs/ensembles, schools, private lessons, senior living communities, theaters, weddings, memorial services, parties, fundraisers and so much more in both the Twin Cities and Los Angeles areas.
Rebecca has worked with numerous church music ministry programs, as a recreation therapist (music specialist) and has taught music, drama and art in schools. She taught for the Hollywood Academy of Music in Los Angeles and vocal coached actors for audition prep working with a diverse population from beginners in the industry, students preparing for college auditions to established actors and professionals like Sally Struthers, Mike Gallagher, Paul Sorvino and more. She has co-taught with Karen Morrow, Kay Cole, Susan Egan, Sammy Williams, and Steve Kaminski as vocal coach/accompanist on faculty for the Theater, Film and Television Department of UCLA. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin River Falls and California State University Los Angeles.
Rebecca currently works as a professional musician and in her own studio as a music teacher/coach. Her two Atmosphere albums, Cinematic Atmosphere and Winter Atmosphere celebrate musical storytelling of melodies from film and winter themes. Her latest album THE SPACE BETWEEN is composed of original piano meditations. She is passionate about sharing the joy of music to inspire, uplift and unwind from life's stresses.