Laura is a Teaching Artist active in Phoenix, AZ. She began studying guitar at Phoenix College with John Alvarado and continued her studies at Glendale Community College with Chuck Hulihan. Simultaneously, Laura began teaching in community music where she developed a deep appreciation for learners of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Her enthusiasm for music education grew after being introduced to the Berklee College of Music’s City Music Network where Laura was exposed to diverse urban music programs across the United States. Laura has since earned two masters degrees from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University: Music Education and Guitar Performance Pedagogy where she studied with Professor Frank Koonce. As a graduate student, Laura was hired as faculty to teach a course she designed titled Songwriting and the Art of Being Personal, which explored introspectiveness and original, collaborative music creation. Recent funded projects include researching culturally responsive pedagogy with Artswork, and producing a three-part video series titled Emotions and Music for the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Currently, Laura works with the GFA, Lead Guitar and Sounds Academy, and is a participant in ASU’s Teaching Artist Program for Kennedy Center Arts Integration to become an ASU Gammage endorsed teaching artist.