Music has always been a central part of my life. I was born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana, where I began piano lessons at the age of eight. For several summers I attended Rocky Ridge Music Center in Colorado, where I studied piano and music theory with university music faculty from across the country. In high school I played piano and clarinet in the jazz and symphonic bands and was a member of the All-State Band. I have a BA in history and French and a minor in music from Indiana University, which has one of the top-ranked music schools in the country, and a PhD in history from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. I've also worked as a piano accompanist for Dallas-area middle and high school band students competing in the UIL solo contest. In addition to teaching piano, I am also an adjunct assistant professor of history at the University of Dallas.
*** Lesson Details ***
I enjoy teaching students of all ages from brand new beginners to advanced players, and my teaching methods vary according to each individual's needs. Whatever your experience or goals, we'll work together to come up with a lesson plan that works for you. With beginning and intermediate students I like to use the Faber piano series, but I also encourage all of my students to choose pieces they are excited to play from a variety of styles. If you like jazz, we'll work on some jazz. If church music is your thing, that's great, too! I am a patient, encouraging teacher and we have fun during lessons. I also expect my students to practice at home (of course!) so that they can make steady progress. I'm excited to share my love and knowledge of music with you!
Please note: Students need to have a piano, whether acoustic or electric, to practice on at home. This is necessary in order for students to make progress and develop good piano technique. If you prefer to purchase an electric piano, look for one with touch-sensitive, weighted keys, which will mimic the feel and dynamic capabilities of an acoustic piano. If you do not have a piano, I'm happy to offer advice on finding a suitable one before your first lesson.
*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical piano and music theory.