Teachers College Columbia University in New York City, The University of Southern Mississippi
I am excited about teaching Music & Arts piano students! My passion to teach and share what I know about playing the piano comes from my experience as a child. At 7 years old I started taking formal piano lessons. I ended up going to college and majoring in Piano Performance. Performing in Europe came next for me after competing as a classical pianist in the United States. Now, I write my own solo piano pieces. I want to inspire my students to do the same--fall in love with practicing and playing the piano, find your own musical voice and reach for the stars!
My favorite college piano teacher graduated from Juilliard. Both my grade school piano teacher and my undergraduate piano professor graduated from Columbia University Teachers College. Because of my teachers' inspiration and encouragement, I came to New York City too. They believed in me and thought I had what it took to make it in New York. Once I arrived in New York I began to follow in their footsteps. I discovered that it was because of Dr. Robert Pace, professor emeritus at Teachers College that I learned to play the piano well using the Pace Method. I now try to share this method with students who want to study a multi-key approach.
My methods include a combination of the Pace Method, Alfred, Bastien, Hal Leonard Methods and most recently the Helen Marlais method for succeeding at the piano. For students that are really serious about achievement and study, I am able to work with them to take the ABRSM exams. Sometimes parents want to give their children the experience of setting high musical goals, working toward musical deadlines and reaching a high standard of achievement at the piano. ABRSM works well for this. For students who want a more recreational and fun approach to playing, I can offer methods for this too.
Recreational music making is alive and well. I remember coming across my first teaching experience where students wanted to abandon the printed page and just sit down and play from their hearts. For them, it was all about learning to play by chords and by ear. This approach changed my initial teaching style dramatically. I found myself with a roster of 80 students who mostly wanted to play for fun--hymns, gospel tunes, folk songs, patriotic songs, holiday music and happy birthday. Nowadays, I approach music as either fun or serious. For the recreational music maker I can help you open up a new world by working at your own pace. For the students who want to play scales, arpeggios, finger-exercises, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin and Brahms I can set up a plan that will move them toward that goal. I see myself as a flexible, fun and firm teacher.