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The Studio
Teaching piano is one of the greatest joys in my life.  Reflecting back to my school years, I remember the educators who inspired me.  They spent quality time with me and cared for my musical growth.  Their expertise helped me to excel as a student and as a life-long learner.  I want to be that kind of teacher to my students. 

Mission Statement

I am dedicated to teaching piano to students, enhancing their natural abilities, and challenging them to fulfill their potential.  I target each student’s interest and build upon individual strengths.  I motivate them with my education, experience, and my dedication to the human behind the talent.

Teaching goals 

My ultimate teaching goal is to enable students to find their unique strength in music and inspire them to appreciate all that music offers. Nurturing students through a caring teaching environment helps them understand the fundamentals of music and shows them how to express their feelings through the beauty of sound.  As a teacher, I realize I am a mentor to students of all ages.  I teach with discipline and an understanding heart.

I have a responsibility to share the joy of music with students and to introduce them to various repertoire.  I prepare weekly lesson plans for each student. Expectations of practice are given to students so they can successfully learn their music and meet their goals.  Through this learning, they develop a deeper knowledge about commitment, responsibility, and perseverance.  These skills will carry them for a lifetime. 

Educational goals for students

As a teacher, I want students to develop an understanding of music theory, technique, and expressiveness. Because all students are different, I craft a music curriculum that best meets their need.   

To strengthen fundamentals of music and technique, we work on theory, note recognition, and rhythm.  Students focus on scales, sight-reading, and ear training during lessons to ensure they have a strong music and reading background.

Working with students on artistic expression is an important goal because it allows them to play music beautifully.   We work on understanding proper arm and wrist movements, how the pedal adds color to music, and dynamic contrasts.  The student learns how to shape their phrases, how to listen to different sounds, and how their touches on the keys shape their expressive playing.

During lessons, I demonstrate ways to successfully practice music.  I help students with specific problem areas, such as counting, rhythm, dynamics, musicality, and memorization.  By demonstrating and then having the student practice the exercise during lessons, I see if they are prepared to practice well at home.  If they grasp the technique, theory, and musicality of their pieces, they there are able to become their own teacher at home.

Lastly, I offer group lessons, recitals, festivals, competitions, and theory exams.  These types of opportunities give students incentives to learn repertoire, grow in their learning, and share their music.

Above all, I want my students to love making music for a lifetime.  It takes dedication and perseverance to be successful in music.  When students build upon their skills and create a good work ethic in their practice, they develop a sense of accomplishment, excitement, and happiness.