Piano has been a part of my life for a long time and was the first instrument that I studied. I started playing piano at the age of 8 years old and immediately fell in love with playing. I was very fortunate that my paternal grandmother and grandfather were both musicians. My grandmother played piano amazingly and she was the teacher and mentor that helped give me the love of the piano and music. I was blessed that she was my piano teacher throughout my younger years until I started my lessons in college. I had plenty of playing experience during my high school years. Both for my church doing the weekly hymns or as my high school choir's accompanist for concerts.
My undergraduate degree is in music education where I double majored in voice and piano.
I have been the pianist for a number of local churches over the years. I have also been the pianist for various weddings and events … of course I am always playing for my vocal students and choirs.
My teaching style is developmental and student focused! As I do have an education degree, I fully understand how children process and learn from my years in a classroom setting.
I try to make it fun with my younger students as I understand that practicing isn't always easy and something that kids want to do. I offer prize incentives to reward efficient practice and suggest alternative learning outside of the lessons with a technology focus.
I have prepared numerous piano students to go into collegiate studies in music.
Periodically, I provide recital experiences for students either in a holiday or end of year recital.
Piano lessons will be offered from ages 7-adult at all levels. Consideration for younger then 7 years old will based only on parental interview and a trial meeting with the child.
Lessons will be typically 30 minutes. A 45 minute option can be be offered for more skilled players.
Lesson materials will be chosen from various piano curriculums based on the age and experience of the student. In general, I use Bastien, Alfred, and John Thompson for lesson materials but do supplement with other methodologies.
Note reading, finger technique, sight reading and music theory will be included in the lessons as well as additional “fun” materials based on student interest and study need.
Students that are interested in learning piano must have a functional acoustic piano or full size (preferably weighted key) keyboard with pedal attachments in order to study. In addition, weekly practice at home is necessary and must be understood for progress.
Lesson tuition is billed monthly. Please inquire for current lesson rates. firstname.lastname@example.org