Student, Washington University, St. Louis, 1951; student, Sherwood Conservatory of Music, Chicago, 1960; studies with Carl Benseik, St. Louis, 1940-1956; studies with Harold Zabrack, New York City, 1970-1973; student, University Missouri, St. Louis, 1979.
Jazz singer,, 1965-1975;
director, New Music Academy, St. Louis, Missouri, since 1968. Clinician National Piano Foundation, St. Louis, 1962-1973. Member of faculty WebsterColl., St. Louis, 1969-1973.
Adjudicator professional associations. Director workshopsKjos Public, San Diego, 1972-1975. Specialist jazz improvization and group teaching, since 1968.
Member Piano Teachers Forum (president), National Music Teachers Association, Missouri Music Teachers Association (judge), Piano Teachers Guild (chairman), St. Louis Music Teachers Association (president 1994-1998), Piano Teachers Round Table (program chair, 2005-2006, president, since 2010).
Married Douglas Corzine Burns, September 8, 1945 (deceased 1974). Children: Cynthia Burns Benavides, Stephen, Clark, Nathan. Married Valdis Kibens, No.v 27, 1988.