I am a trained jazz pianist but I love many different styles of music. I grew up in the Portland, OR area, did my undergrad studies in Utah, and moved to Arizona to do my masters degree at ASU. I am now pursuing a PhD in musicology at ASU. I have played in many different types of bands as well as played solo piano professionally. Whatever type of music you enjoy, I hope to be able to help you learn to play it.
*** Lesson Details ***
I teach students of all levels. Whatever experience you have, we will work with. I believe that it is important to learn how to play by ear as well as read written music. Understanding both approaches, you will be able to play almost any kind of music in a solo as well as a group setting. Depending on your experience, I can find suitable projects that will help you to develop your skills.
*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach at my home in Tempe on a full size keyboard with weighted keys. It is an electronic piano but it feels and sounds like a real piano.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect my students to have a piano/keyboard if I go to their house. The only other equipment required is a notebook for me to write in and any music you want to learn. It is also very helpful to have a home computer for learning music by ear but this is not essential.
*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Classical, Pop, Rock, Country, Church music styles etc.
Playing by ear and improvising.
I teach private piano lessons at Desert Ridge Music Academy. Students range from very young to adults with a wide range of experience, musical interests, and goals. I always try to provide them with a solid foundation and help them learn to play music that they enjoy.
I have worked as a TA at ASU for the past two years while working on my masters degree. I am now beginning a PhD in musicology and will be continuing to teach class piano with a jazz focus as well as assisting with musicology courses.
I worked as a teaching assistant for a jazz history class grading papers, leading review sessions, and coordinating media for classes.
I also taught jazz piano lessons to BYU students who were not enrolled as jazz majors.