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Music should never simply be a rote-learning process. We develop real artistry. My students learn how to interpret, transform, and create music. From the first lesson, we experiment with various musical "ingredients" and revisit these tools often as we move through a lesson series or repertoire. Students explore a variety of styles and learn to read, compose, and improvise. Students as young as five have created their own theme and variations on a favorite tune with these techniques.
I have been playing the piano since I was five years old. My passion for music led me to steadily progress in my studies, and I naturally chose to major in music at Ohio State. To broaden my scope, I earned my degree in Composition while taking piano lessons concurrently from Professor Emeritus George Haddad and Professor Steven Glaser. Rather than focus on one area of piano music, I augmented my repertoire through extensive study of the Baroque through Modern periods. In addition, I accompanied orchestra and band instruments, a youth choir, and even performed the first movement of Shostakovich’s Second Piano Concerto with my high school’s chamber orchestra.
I am very perceptive of my students’ rate of improvement and level of engagement with the music they’re playing. If they are stuck on something, I am patient to go over the lesson as much as needed. If they feel bored, I will find more challenging music for them. A great incentive to play is that I offer lessons on my ...
I specialize in teaching beginner-intermediate piano to children. A solid base is SO IMPORTANT if one expects to grow and eventually play more advanced pieces. I believe that every child is unique, and I tailor my teaching approach based on the individual child before me. I have lots of experience with children and understand how to keep young people engaged and active in a lesson. I look forward to meeting you!
Regardless of the end goal of students and their parents, piano is a useful skill, as it enhances learning in various aspects. Emphasis is on technique, traditional styles, music theory, and ear training. At a certain level a variety of interests can be catered to (pop, improv, etc.). If a student is only interested in traditional classical piano lessons, that, of course, is also an option. The goal is always for the student to enjoy lessons and take pride in their hard work.
I serve as piano faculty at Capital University, holding a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance. As a member of MTNA, I have over 10 years of teaching experience and extensive study of Piano Pedagogy at both universities and private studios.
Being a teacher is a valuable learning experience, and I would like to positively impact my students. My teaching philosophy is based on the interdependence of all aspects of an individuals being.
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