As a music educator and 3rd generation in a family of musicians, Jo has dedicated the last 30 years to finding ways to help young students have "fun" while becoming musically literate. In the pursuit of more stimulating and effective ways of conveying musical concepts, she developed and published a series of resource data CDs called Tune Travels, presently used in music schools, classrooms and private studios in the Lower Mainland and Victoria, Alberta, Nova Scotia and most recently in England. She derives inspiration from the philosophies of Maria Montessori and Zoltan Kodaly, thus the aim of the materials in the CDs is to teach real understanding of musical concepts, not only memorization and to foster co-operation not competition.
While raising her family in Victoria, Jo completed courses in the Montessori method with Angela Martin and the Kodaly method with Connie Foss More. She also did extensive violin teacher training with Professor Jaroslav Karlovsky at the University of Victoria and Suzuki training with Frona Colquhoun. Jo teaches Kodaly classes at the Arbutus Music Academy, private violin lessons, elementary chamber music and theory classes and workshops, and has coached singers in Italian, Latin, French and German. She is a Board Member of the B.C. Kodaly Society and of the national Kodaly Society of Canada. She has presented at the BC Music Educators' Conferences 2013 and 2014 in Vancouver as well as at Kodaly workshops and conferences in Vancouver and Victoria.
Jo has a MA degree from UBC.