I am a college graduate and lifetime learner of musical artistry having 4 years practical piano teaching experience after 25 years of employment at a local higher education institution. I can engage the beginner in such a way that they will be motivated to continue into advanced and a professional level. I started my own music education at the age of 5 and have loved music ever since. My music career began in 3rd grade when I performed in a musical play and participated in vocal choral groups. I continued to improve in piano and vocal skill and traveled extensively with a national organization and a college representative team. My travels took me to Europe where I had the privilege to perform in places such as Notre Dam, palace of Versailles, the Basilica in Rome and other places. I currently teach groups of 6 in community programs in Kirkland and Bellevue. I teach any style of music from classical to gospel. I have a strong classical background so I enjoy teaching all my students, even as young as 4 to learn about and play classical pieces (e.g. Beethoven, Bach, Mozart). Since my vocal involvement has allowed me to participate in school, church and community music groups and singing solo, I have a strong background in pianist accompaniment which is a unique skill that every piano musician should master. This creates a well rounded approach so that the pianist can participate and showcase their talent in various ways. I like to teach students to play beyond what is in the written page, and to develop a musical ear through improvisation and memorization. My students have the opportunity to play in optional recitals with other students and for family members.
*** Lesson Details ***
I will teach you how to read music, play by ear and improvise. I believe theory, technique, scales, chords and memorization is the foundation of a strong musical background. While learning the basics a student is working on classical, popular, jazz, and secular, or church music. I am strict about fingering, technique, and interpretation, enforcing this in a caring way, playing an example of what I require. I like each student to be able to have a knowledge of the entire keyboard not just the middle octaves. I teach rhythm as the tempo and note variations are the soul of a song. If possible, and providing scheduling coordination, the student may be teamed with other students for a portion of their lesson for group learning. The group learning allows for a fun approach to theory and rhythm learning. I use lots of games to reinforce learning.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Baldwin Acoustic Piano
Casio Fully Equipped Electronic Keyboard
Whiteboard, background Play Long CDs, games, worksheets
*** Travel Equipment ***
*** Specialties ***
Group and independent lessons, all styles of music but focus on classical and pop.
I am the lead alto in a worship band; and sing regularly for weekly and special services. Additionally, I sing in a small ensemble group for services as well as Christmas and Easter events.
I taught 3-12 year olds piano in a class setting year around for nearly 3 years. Each 10 week session, I typically taught 40-70 students each week. I have developed an intuitive understanding of various skill levels, learning styles, and early childhood behaviors so that I can bring out the best talent in each student.
While in college, I sang in a select ensemble, and held the position of music choreographer as well as lead soloist and backup.
I am a certified K-12 teacher in the State of Washington.