Mia was raised in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She started taking violin lessons when she was three years old at the UNI Suzuki School after watching her brother's lessons for several years. While under the tutelage of Therese Fetter, she won numerous awards, such as performing at the concerto competition at the Luther College Dorian Orchestra Day and participating in the Iowa All-State Orchestra for four years. She decided to go to the university in her hometown, the University of Northern Iowa, to get her Bachelors of Music in Music Education degree and also began teaching in the school in which she started, the UNI Suzuki School. During her time at UNI, Mia studied with Frederick Halgedahl. She was also concertmaster of the University of Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra for four years. Mia spent time overseas as well. Mia was able to travel to St. Petersburg, Russia to study music and culture for one month and her student teaching was done with Bonnie Reinitzer at the American International School in Vienna, Austria. After returning home, she moved to New Haven, Connecticut, where she taught at both the Neighborhood Music School and at the Bethwood Suzuki School. After a short year in Connecticut, Mia moved to Saint Paul, Minnesota, where she taught Suzuki violin and viola at the Saint Paul Conservatory of Music. During her four years at the Conservatory, she built up the Suzuki violin program from around 10 to over 60 students and 3 teachers. She was also the String Department Head for 2 years in which she placed students with teachers, organized string department concerts, and served as a liaison to the administration for the string teachers. After moving to Corpus Christi, Texas in 2008, she began teaching as an adjunct violin and viola instructor at Del Mar College and has a thriving home studio. She enjoys playing with the Adagio String Quartet on occasion as well. She still lives in Corpus Christi, Texas with her very talented and wonderful husband, Scott, their beautiful daughter, Anya, and their very active and silly kitty, Kaylee.