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I started playing piano at age seven when my mother enrolled me in lessons. I have been playing ever since, and I absolutely love it. I began teaching private piano lessons in 2003, and have taught many thousands of lessons since that time. I have experience accompanying choirs, instrumentalists, and vocalists, as well as playing as a soloist in various piano competitions and recitals. I recently began taking lessons in jazz piano, a genre I never learned much about. I believe it is never too late to learn something new, and I am excited to start this new chapter of my musical life and to use this new knowledge to enhance my own teaching.
In my piano lessons I use the Faber's fabulous Piano Adventures series. In my opinion, they are the best books on the market, emphasizing reading by intervals as opposed to memorizing note names. This method minimizes student frustration while also decreasing the amount of time it takes a student to read a new song. Piano Adventures also focuses ...
Students of all ages in a personal relaxed atmosphere.
Customized to each student. If the student has not previously taken lessons I begin with the John Thompson Piano Course with the John W. Schaum Note Speller for Music Theory. This allows the student the widest possible experience even if they already have an ear for music.
I also believe in supplementing the Piano course with the student's favorite musical styles as soon as they are able to handle the available arrangements. Also, I encourage Holiday music as it allows the student to share more fully the musical experience with Friends and Family.
While teaching classical piano, I always try to incorporate the material that students like the most: Holiday songs, Broadway melodies and favorite cartoon songs. All of this definitely adds to the enjoyment of learning how to play. Besides having two recitals a year, I encourage students to play in front of their peers at school, to always play for their families and to participate in various competitions and festivals around the St.Louis area.
Though the primary purpose for piano lessons is to increase skill and understanding of a particular instrument, it is my hope that this will nurture an appreciation for music itself. In light of this, piano lessons will include instruction in piano technique, sight-reading, music theory, ear-training, and music history. Students will find that they are challenged by music of increasing difficulty. Part of the joy of learning an instrument is the feeling of accomplishment as students progress.
I absolutely love teaching piano. It was my first instrument and my first love. My goal is excellence— for all my students as well as for me as your teacher, though we have a lot of fun along the way, too! I am a great diagnostician for intermediate and advanced students—I can bring all aspects of your playing up to snuff, but I'd have to say I prefer teaching beginners. There's nothing better than guiding someone along from day one of their musical journey. I can't wait to teach you!
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