Ashton received a Bachelor of Music (Piano Performance), Magna Cum Laude, from the University of the Pacific. She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda (music honors society), and was a University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music Honors Recital finalist.
Her teachers were/are Rex Cooper, Frank Wiens and Sonia Leong. Ashton has played in master classes taught by Andrew Von Oeyen, Paul Roberts and Audrey Andrist. She regularly attends piano teacher conventions and workshops to stay current on teaching techniques, including the annual MTAC summer conferences. Workshop presenters of note: Scott McBride Smith, Jane Bastien, and Helen Marlais.
She has over 7 years experience teaching ages 3 to 84, from beginners to advanced students.
I believe that aspiring musicians learn best in a positive and supportive environment. My goal is for all my students to enjoy playing the piano and for it to be a skill they can use for their entire lives. I encourage my students to pursue their interests, whether that is to learn classical repertoire or to play popular tunes or anything in between.
Whatever students’ goals are, all students will receive music history and theory instruction. This insures that they have a good foundation so they can branch off into various types of music as they learn. Each lesson also includes rhythm and ear training.