I began my journey in music at the age of 10 with the clarinet in my elementary school band and then progressed to the piano at age 13. I graduated from Gateway College in St. Louis with a Bachelor's degree in music. Currently I am attempting to add guitar and saxophone to my personal repertoire of instruments. I love learning new instruments and I love teaching the piano! I have been a church musician for over 10 years and have played the organ, piano, keyboard, praise sang, led Youth worship and the Youth band, and have directed children's choir. I am currently an assistant music director and worship leader and I absolutely love music and love sharing my passion with others and helping to develop their musical talents.
*** Lesson Details ***
I offer both note reading (traditional sheet music) and improv (chord sheet) methods to learning the piano.
Note Reading students will most likely use the Piano Adventures curriculum by Faber & Faber (either Beginner, Older Beginner, or Adult level) and will utilize at least the Lesson and Theory books.
Improv students will receive handouts each lesson. This method is most popular with students wanting to learn "chord-style" or gospel music.
Whether wanting to play for personal enjoyment, joining a church music team, or to pursue music as a possible career, we can work together to pick the perfect style for you and be on your way to a life enriched with the gift of music!
In 3-6 months students should expect to increase in their musical knowledge, vocabulary, practice and performance disciplines, musicianship (technique and attitude) and playing skill.
*** Specialties ***
I am most comfortable teaching improvisation/chord style in which the Nashville number system is utilized.
I won't give up on us
Even if the skies get rough
I'm giving you all my love
I'm still looking up
But I also teach traditional sheet music.
Verified Student · Piano ·
Fulfilling a lifelong dream, I started taking piano lessons a year ago with Nikki L. I started from scratch not knowing anything and here I am, a year later, still at it! Because of her teaching skills and ability to measure my progress and competence, I am well into Book 2 of "Adult Piano Adventures." Her firm, but encouraging approach during each lesson has been a positive step for me by offering both praise and criticism when due. More importantly, she keeps me focused in such a way that I actually like to practice! Also, her clear instruction and guidance regarding music theory adds a new dimension to this hobby and offers meaningful insight into the learning process. I strongly recommend Nikki L.for piano instruction for any age group and for any level!