I've been playing the piano, almost daily, since I was seven years old. Most every one of those days I've had a dog or two in the room, enjoying the sounds coming from the piano. While my childhood Cocker Spaniel, Doodle, happily snoozed by my side, I enthusiastically practiced for hours daily, and later went on to earn a music degree from The Juilliard School.
After graduation, I toured Europe, performed for 18,000 people at a time in China, and enjoyed being the featured piano soloist with notable American Orchestras. While I thought my audience would always be two-leggeds, I didn't yet know how satisfying it would be to perform and record for four-leggeds.
That all changed in 2003. I owned a music school in my community and was simultaneously a volunteer puppy raiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind. The puppy I was raising went almost everywhere with me, including a seminar that changed my life. Joshua Leeds, a renowned sound researcher, was teaching a course for teachers and healers on psychoacoustics, the study of how sound affects the human nervous system. While my puppy slept through the seminar, I was on the edge of my seat, eager to learn about sound as a nutrient for the nervous system. As a concert pianist and piano teacher, I knew my work would be greatly affected from what I was learning. I just didn't yet know that it would cause me to change my career focus.