If I had to pick on one aspect of my life that impacted me the most growing up, it would undoubtedly have to be my parents giving me music lessons. I started piano at the age of six and I have never stopped. Of course, it gave me the opportunity to pursue the career I now find myself in, but it also taught me how to think, how to give attention to detail, to care about getting things right, what hard work feels like, and what it feels like to have passion.
Every student is different. I try to tailor my style of teaching to each student's unique personality, strengths, and challenges. I teach mainly in a classical style, especially in the beginning, in order to lay a strong groundwork in technique. Depending on each student's particular interests, we can venture off into different areas and study just about any style of music they wish.
My piano lessons generally center around three essential element: technique, artistry, and theory. Technique and artistry are really the two pillars of learning any instrument, or in essence any art form. They are the yin and yang of music. On the one hand, a strong technique is essential in order to play well and achieve the sound you want. On the other, without thoughtful artistry and musicality, you won't know what kind of sound to want! We also focus on important elements of music theory like ear training, reading, and harmony, so students can begin to analyze how music works from the inside out.
I am a very patient and encouraging teacher. With over 7 years experience teaching piano, I am very conscious of how students develop and how to nurture them to grow. Dedicated and regular practice is an absolute must in order to achieve results. However, with hard work and thoughtful guidance, great things can happen.
Free Trial Lesson
For new students or students considering taking lessons, I offer one trial lesson free of charge. This allows me to gauge the student's current musical ability and interests, so that I can plan a course of study from which to begin our work together. This lesson also provides an opportunity for the student and instructor to see how we work together.
- Students must have either an acoustic piano or a digital keyboard at home for use in lessons and for personal practicing. Ideal keyboards would have 88 weighted keys.
- Regular practice habits are essential to build technique, attention, and a relationship to the instrument.
- Students are expected to practice between lessons in order to sufficiently prepare material for the next lesson and develop as a musician.