I cried like a baby when my parents forced me to take piano lessons at the age of 8, begging them to let me quit. Thankfully, they were not persuaded by my waterworks! After 10 years of private piano training the instrument grew on me. I began giving private piano lessons in 2004 and taught over 40 beginning and intermediate students for more than 6 years. Since my relationship with the piano had such a rocky start, I have a special understanding for beginners that are less than thrilled to learn the piano. My goal is to create a fun learning environment in which students will be able to enjoy the piano as much as I do. I personalize lessons in such a way that students receive a quality education in a way that makes sense to them while being able to work on the music that they are interested in learning.
*** Lesson Details ***
I use the Faber & Faber Piano Adventures curriculum for all of my students, though I am not opposed to using whatever materials the student is most comfortable with. My lessons cover technique and theory, as well as performance skills and a basic understanding of classical music. I am laid back and flexible, working with students in a way that makes sense to them. In addition to learning the basics, I love learning about my students musical interests and helping them focus on whatever style is the most fun to them, such as classical, jazz, or popular tunes. After 6 months of lessons my students will be able to read all basic sheet music and, with practice, learn just about any piece they want to tackle!
*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide all instructional materials, such as flash cards, grand staff dry erase boards, metronome, to be used during lessons. Students are expected to pay for all books and any instructional materials they wish to keep. Students are also expected to have a functioning and tuned piano or keyboard at their home.
*** Specialties ***
I typically teach traditional methods using the Faber & Faber method books. I have used a wide variety of other books as well, such as Bastien, Thompson, and Aaron. I also have some experience teaching Suzuki method, but have not received any formal training in it.