Hi! I am a classically trained pianist originally from Syracuse, NY. I graduated from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA where I studied piano under Professor Alec Chien. I also enjoyed playing the French horn and percussion with the Allegheny Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble.
I have performed numerous piano solo recitals, as a featured pianist with the Allegheny Wind Ensemble, in piano duos, a piano quartet, small instrumental groups and in the pit orchestra for musical productions. I know the skills and technique needed to play as a soloist and in different types of groups. I am eager to share this with aspiring pianists.
I have 4+ years experience teaching private lessons to young children and 3 years experience in teaching fun group EZ play organ classes to senior citizens. My senior year I was also a substitute teacher for beginning class piano at Allegheny College.
So whether you’re looking to study as a serious pianist, just as a hobbyist or somewhere in between, I can guide and teach you along your journey.
I started piano lessons when I was 8 and music has been a part of who I am ever since. My goal as a teacher is to make a students' experience positive and rewarding. I have studied under 3 piano teachers in my life. Each teacher had a positive influence on me personally and musically. I strive to do the same for my students.
I am the strongest and most comfortable working with beginners of all ages. I get great joy out of seeing people realize their dreams or desire to start playing the piano.
*** Lesson Details ***
I like to use the Bastien or Alfred basic piano methods. Students will be engaged and excited with the progress they make. For the younger students 5 and 6 I prefer the Bastien method which includes 2 books: lesson book and theory/technique book. For young students 8 and up both methods include 4 books: lesson, Theory, Technique and Performance/Solo. For adults I use the Alfred's Basic All-in-One Piano Course. Once students are ready I incorporate chord progressions, scales and sight reading into the lessons. Each lesson builds on the concepts and skills learned in prior lessons.
I put great importance on proper technique right from the start. Poor technique can frustrate a student and therefore hinder their enjoyment and sense of accomplishment.
Lessons incorporate things that appeal to different learning styles. For example a visual learner may really enjoy the flashcards to help learn the notes on the staff. For an audible learner I may play a new musical passage for him/her before talking about it. Finally, clapping a rhythm before playing it can really benefit the kinesthetic learner.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Has a upright piano set up in the living room with a sitting area for parents and for students who are waiting
*** Specialties ***
*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25
lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.I am most experienced in using the Bastien and Alfred method books for piano. For beginner to intermediate students both methods include a lesson book, theory book, technique book and performance/solo book. I specialize in the classical music genre.