After five years of begging my parents, I started playing the harp when I was 11. I started competing at 14, performing gigs at 16, and teaching at 17. I consider myself lucky because I found my passion early. I loved it from the beginning. But I also believe it doesn't matter when you find it: start from wherever you are and embrace it from there.
Also at 17, I played with a local city symphony â my first symphony experience! By the time I was entering college, I was drawn to Celtic music, a soothing, folky counterpoint to classical. I do both!
I began my piano studies at age 9. I love what piano does for ear training, for visualizing theory, and for all around musicianship! The piano is versatile and fundamental. Bach and Kabalevsky are my favorites for piano.
*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that persistent creativity is the most important skill I bring as a teacher. If one explanation, process, or method doesn't work for my student, I will create another.
I work to help students find and keep access to their internal motivation to play whatever it is and however it is they want to play.
Students get to set their own goals, and I get to help them reach them. If performance level play is what my student wants, I'll move with them toward that. If they want to play only five pieces for personal fulfillment, enjoyment, or even healing, that is what we move toward. I work with students to help them generally stick to whatever they set for themselves. If they commit to themselves to practice every day, that's what I expect; if they commit to themselves practice in feast or famine waves, that's what I expect. Together we find the cadence that works for the student.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in my home in a room dedicated to studio teaching; music stands, benches/stools, 3 harps, keyboard
*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a harp for rent; otherwise, I expect the student to provide the instrument and the books.
*** Specialties ***
- Folk and classical harp (both pedal harp and lever harp), also some jazz harp (pedal harp only)
- Classical and modern traditional piano, folk and pop keyboard
- Classical violin