I am a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory with a Bachelor's Degree Major in Piano and a Teaching Certificate. Through my world-class teachers I can trace my musical education lineage directly to Mozart, Liszt, Haydn, Chopin, Mendelssohn and Beethoven. Over several decades I have taught more than 3,000 beginning and advanced students, a number of whom have gone on to earn piano performance scholarships from prestigious conservatories, music schools and universities. I have composed my own course method based on the piano teaching method of Carl Czerny, a student of Beethoven and the teacher of Franz Liszt. I often compose compositions for students that are based their four or five note ideas. Beginners quickly gain confidence to perform in public and learn to perform increasingly difficult and lengthy compositions such as the Beethoven sonatas, Chopin scherzos, works of J.S.Bach and many others all from memory. One of my students just completed, from memory, a Beethoven sonata of 28 pages. Every year my students perform, with a least three pieces from memory, at a public recital where each of them gets the opportunity to play before an audience.
*** Lesson Details ***
Students must have a piano or keyboard at home and are expected to practice every day. I have written and published the music and the course of study for all first year beginners; They learn proper fingering, how to memorize music by learning finger patterns, and how to count in rhythm. The time they spend in practice will determine how quickly they advance, and upon completion this initial course, they begin to study works by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and Chopin. Children can begin lessons from the age of 4, but until a child is 7 years old, parents must agree to be fully engaged in the process, willing to participate in the lessons and to practice regularly, with the child at home.
*** Studio Equipment ***
In my studio are two Mason Hamlin grand pianos. A professional concert adjustable stool and a collection of nearly all classical piano music.
*** Travel Equipment ***
When students come to my studio, I provide a grand piano; When I teach in my students' homes, they must have a piano.
*** Specialties ***
Vengerova Method based on the French School; Close Fingering Techinque
Played works of Chopin, Beethoven, Brahms, Bach and many other composers.