She completed a degree in Teaching of Music at the University of Aveiro in 1991. She studied organ at the C.N.R. in Perpignan, France, and at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Basel, Switzerland) with support from the Office of International Relations of the Ministry of Education of Science, and took a Doctorate in Music (2010) from the University of Aveiro with support from the Science and Technology Foundation; her work was awarded the D. Manuel I Elvas Historical Research Award. She is currently a researcher at the Institute of Ethnomusicology – Study Centre for Music and Dance (INET-md), where she is working on post-doctoral research with support from the Science and Technology Foundation. She is also president of the Pro-Organo Musical Association and a collaborator with the Júlia d’Almendra Ward Centre in Lisbon, and teaches at the University of Aveiro.