For 25 years Laura has taught guitar, vocals, and songwriting in Eugene, OR to students from the ages of 7 to 70. She has mentored many young adults who have gone on to pursue their own music careers. Her warmth, sense of humor, patience, positivity and general encouragement of her students has made her one of the most sought after and experienced teachers in the area.

She was the former director of the SHEDD Institute summer guitar camps and now maintains a weekly private teaching schedule at her home studio in Eugene. 

Over the past 40+ years she has continued to learn, grow, reinvent and challenge herself musically. In addition to studying voice at Vanderbilt University as an undergrad in the late '80's, singing in choirs, and taking private guitar, dobro, banjo, and even harmonium lessons in India, she has studied with some of Eugene's finest guitar teachers, including Don Latarski at the University of Oregon and Bill Harkelroad.


In 2014, Laura completed a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Sarah Joy Marsh. At the same time she began to study Sanskrit with her teacher Janani Chaitanya from the Swami Dayananda lineage. She recently began offering classes and workshops in beginning Sanskrit and kirtan, with a focus on pronunciation, reading and understanding both transliteration and devanagari, and applying this knowledge to singing and chanting the names of the divine.

She leads kirtans which are a mix of traditional bhajans and original compositions influenced by folk, jazz and americana.


If you are interested in private lessons with Laura, please contact her from the email link at the contact page.  Thank You!!