- Teaches students:
- Ages 15 to 65
- Teaching since:
I come from a very musical family. My father had his own 11 piece band, wrote all of his own arrangements for each instrument, and never had a Theory class, and did not have the aid of a piano. He was interviewed once with Lawrence Welk. His band played jazz; but my father also played with OK City Symphony. I began piano at age 13, but progressed rapidly. I loved to practice; and within a year I was playing Chopin's Fantaisie Impromptu; and I was offered a piano scholarship after playing Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue- all 32 pages, memorized when I was 16 years old. In college, I have studied applied piano and organ; music history, Theory I and II, Form and Analysis; Modal counterpoint, and 3 semesters of Composition. One of my arrangements was chosen to be played at my Composition instructor's Retirement Recital. My teachers include Dr. Donald Beattie; Dr. Gerald Racquet; Dr. Preston Rockholt and Mrs. Joan Luhrs, MM. I am active playing at my church; both on Sundays, and in their Symphony of Praise. I have accompanied the Choir at the Temple in Sun City, AZ; and played for various activities at the Temple in Sun City West, AZ. I am active in Phoenix Music Teachers' events, and have my students playing in various Recitals. I emphasize practical ways to practice; correct hand position, correct fingering; correct rhythm, and how to play artistically. I teach classical, popular, (improvisation), and sacred playing. One of my adult students wrote me a note and said: "Mrs F's passion and dedication to the piano shines through in her teaching techniques". I believe that a student doesn't care how much I know, until he knows how much I care. After my last performance, I was told "your fingers dance on the keys." I will happily provide personal references.Show More
I was certified with Music Teachers' National Association in 2005. I also taught piano in IL for five years.
After completin many tests regarding theory, various composes, how to finger piano music, and successfully performing the first move from the Mozart Sonata in A minor, K. 310. This performance had to be adjudicated, and the results sent to MTNA