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 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.
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.