Emma is a Sabian clinician, and has been teaching for over 20 years at the elementary, high school and college level. She currently teaches privately on concert percussion, piano, music theory and ear training; and coaches the percussion sections for the Youth Music Monterey Junior and Honors Orchestras.
She has taught at high schools in Michigan, Indiana, Texas, New Jersey and Arizona with great success. Her ensembles consistently win percussion captions and receive the highest scores at competition.
Emma has been adjunct faculty of percussion at Mesa Community College in Arizona, where she taught private lessons, percussion ensemble, percussion methods for non-percussion majors and percussion sectionals for the various full ensembles. She also served as an Associate Instructor of Percussion at Indiana University for two years, teaching ten private students a semester.
Her high school private students are consistently chosen for principal positions in their All State Bands and Orchestras, are selected for prestigious summer camps such as Interlochen, have auditioned and been chosen for Division I Drum Corps including Madison Scouts, The Cavaliers and The Cadets, and have been accepted as percussion performance majors into top music schools around the country.
From 2001-2006 she was the pit instructor for The Academy Drum Corps in Tempe, Arizona. During the three years The Academy competed in Division II DCI they were undefeated. In August of 2006, The Academy was named Drum Corps International Division II World Champions. The pit placed 4th out of 15 at the DCI Individual & Ensemble Competition, competing against Division I and II front ensembles.
Emma teaches Stevens four mallet technique, Goodman timpani technique and standard matched grip snare and two mallet techniques. All accessory percussion is based on the playing styles of her studies with members of the Philadelphia, New York and St. Louis Symphonies. She avidly teaches concert percussion techniques to her front ensembles, stressing proper technique on all areas of percussion, with minor adaptations for outdoor projection of sound. Everything her students learn outside in the pit can be directly applied to indoor concert playing and vice versa.