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Education and Community Outreach



Take a lesson no matter where you are in the world via  Zoom with four time Downbeat Magazine’s Critics’ Poll “Rising Star” category placer.  Diane will work with you in ensuring that you achieve your goals whether in improvising, in basic technique or learning different approaches to different styles, while helping you define your own personal voice on your instrument.  All you need is your instrument, your computer and access to the internet.  She also offers “in-person” lessons in the Chicago area and on location when she is on tour in other cities.  Contact her at 

 Master Classes

Diane conducts master classes for soloists and ensembles. Solo coaching provides techniques and creative approaches that build upon each student’s current level in expressing their own artistic statement on their instrument.  Ensemble coaching provides approaches to general musicianship and technique, idiomatic treatments, interactive techniques and unifying the group as one voice.

Educator Clinics: These clinics offers techniques in exploring improvisation you can use with your students for best confidence building results.  They are responsive to the educators teaching level(s).  Prior to the clinic, a questionnaire is sent to attendees to ensure that your needs are met, and of course, interactive exchange of ideas and questions are always a part of every session.


Today’s musical world offers the opportunity and often requires us to play many types of music.  Styles are blending, erasing genre barriers.  Diane presents college and high school residencies combining string quartets with rhythm sections, with coaching in ensemble playing, soloing, jazz articulations and reading rhythms not usually found in classical repertoire, and culminating in a performance. While in residency, she is also available for private studio coaching, string master classes, rhythm sight reading and music business sessions.


Diane’s "Jazz Talk" informances have been presented to hundreds of thousands of students in both urban and rural areas, through residencies as well as through community outreach in conjunction with her concerts.  The program is customized to the age group, from elementary school to seniors, as well as for special needs environments.  This participatory experience engages the musician in everyone, without the need for instruments! 


Diane has been an adjunct professor at Columbia College Chicago since 2004, where she has taught lessons in classical, jazz, folk, pop violin and string improvisation as well as chamber music, jazz combo, folk ensemble, pop strings and string forum. 

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