At age nine I began piano and clarinet lessons and continued my music studies throughout high school and into college. I played in numerous solo and ensemble festivals, honor bands, piano recitals, adjudicated piano and soloist competitions, scholarship competitions and numerous concerts. I learned at a very young age that enthusiasm and creativity expressed by my teachers played an integral role in my motivation to succeed. My experience playing in band, orchestra, ensembles and as a soloist, gives me an enhanced ability to convey lessons in harmony either played between hands or in duets/ensembles.
Because I also have a strong background in ballet and ballroom dance, I utilize these talents to reinforce time signature and rhythm lessons. It's amazing to see how my students transfer the rhythm from their feet to their fingertips accurately. This method also helps them visualize and interpret the music in a more satisfying manner.
Music is the centrifugal force in my life which I joyfully extend to my family and students. I am the proud mother of four children who grew up in a musical home; three of them are proficient, award-winning pianists. My students are also award-winning competitors in the Lisa Fiorenza Junior Piano Competition, Las Vegas, NV.
I have enjoyed teaching piano students ranging in age from 3 to 80 years old. Let's Make A Joyful Noise Together!
*** Lesson Details ***
Students will be taught: Music Theory, Technique, Ear Training, Memorization and Performance Etiquette.
I utilize the Alfred's Piano Basic Library for beginner to intermediate students of elementary to adult age.
I utilize the Bastien Piano Basics for beginner students of preschool to early elementary age. Siblings are put in different methods to individualize their study.
After 3 to 6 months of study, beginner students who practice consistently and attend lessons consistently will be able to:
Identify and quantify notes: Quarter note, Half note, Whole note and Eighth notes
Count in three time signatures: 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4 time
Read notes on the Grand Staff
Play in the positions of Middle C, C, G and F
Recognize sharps, flats and dynamic signs
Read music by note names and by melodic and harmonic intervals as well as ear recognition of these intervals.
Triads and Primary Chords may also be introduced in this time period
Students will be given the opportunity to showcase their progress in performance recitals twice a year and encouraged to share their new-found talent in other community venues, such as: school talent shows, local competitions and church ministries.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Formal Piano Parlor: 1943 Steinway & Sons grand piano with pedal extender foot stool for smaller students.
*** Specialties ***
Alfred's Basic Piano Library and Bastien Piano Basics Methods supplemented with Schaum, Hanon, and Alfred's Complete Scales, Arpeggios, Chords and Cadences and all genres of music from classical to contemporary.
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