Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Piano, Music Theory
20+ years of teaching experience
Classical, Young students
Movie soundtracks, Piano Duets, Ensemble
*Private study with Dr. Jeffery A. Smith - Performance and Theory *Howard Community College - Applied Music *University of Maryland at College Park - Music Theory, Ethnomusicology, Applied Performance *New England Conservatory of Music - Continuing Music Education Program *Private study with Dr. Michael Habermann - Pedagogy and Theory *The Butler School of Piano Technology - Tuning, Regulation, and Restoration (in progress)
I structure my lessons with a technical warm-up, short theory review, and performance section. I assign weekly homework through worksheets, performance study, and online games&apps and encourage students and parents to frequently ask questions. I recommend that students review lesson assignments at least 3 times between lessons. A progress report will go home every 3 months. Annual, and sometimes bi-annual, student recitals are available. Students who participate in the recital are required to memorize at least 2 songs for their performance.
Basic theoretical topics that are incorproated into lessons include: reading music on both the treble clef and bass clef, counting rhythm in both duple and triple meter, chords (in 3 inversions), major scales, 3 forms of minor scales, arpeggios, dynamic signs, and intervals.
Everyone is unique! I treat each student as an individual with their own learning style and musical interests. I continually assess strengths and abilities to customize lessons and song choices. There are MANY positive effects that music can provide to young students and mature adult students:
* Music engages areas of the brain which are involved with paying attention and updating events in our memory.
* Music helps dementia patients recall memories and emotions.
* People who study a musical instrument are more likely to excel in all of their studies, work better in teams, have enhanced critical thinking skills, stay in school, and pursue further education.
* Learning an instrument produces greater control over hand-eye coordination.
* Children with learning disabilities or dyslexia who tend to lose focus with more noise could benefit greatly from music lessons.
* Children who study music tend to have larger vocabularies and more advanced reading skills than their peers who do not participate in music lessons.
* Learning an instrument boosts self esteem, social interaction, and patience.
* Students learn about different cultures and history.