I've taught private piano lessons in the Dallas area since 2011. I also frequently work as a piano accompanist for Dallas-area middle and high school band students competing in the UIL solo contest. In addition to teaching piano and accompanying, I am an adjunct assistant professor of history at the University of Dallas.
I was born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana, where I began piano lessons at the age of eight. In 2000, I attended the Jacobs School of Music Piano Academy at Indiana University. During the summers of 1994 to 1999, I attended Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park, Colorado, where I studied piano and music theory with university faculty from across the country. I also played piano and clarinet in jazz and symphonic bands during middle and high school and was a member of the 2001 Indiana All-State Band.
I have a BA in history and French and a minor in music from Indiana University, which has one of the top-ranked music schools in the country, and a PhD in history from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
*** Lesson Details ***
I enjoy teaching students of all ages from brand new beginners to advanced players, and my teaching methods vary according to each individual's needs. Whatever your experience or goals, we'll work together to come up with a plan that works for you. With beginning and intermediate students I generally use the Piano Adventures series, which I supplement with music in a variety of styles ranging from authentic classical repertoire to jazz.
I am a patient, encouraging teacher and we have fun during lessons. I also expect my students to practice daily at home so that they can make steady progress. I'm excited to share my love and knowledge of music with you!
Please note: Students need to have a piano, whether acoustic or digital, to practice on at home. This is necessary in order for students to progress and to develop good piano technique. If you prefer to purchase an electric piano, look for one with touch-sensitive, weighted keys, which will mimic the feel and dynamic capabilities of an acoustic piano. If you do not have a piano, I'm happy to offer advice on finding a suitable one before your first lesson.
*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical piano and music theory.