A combination of modern and traditional approaches to discovering music creation through the piano. Fifteen years of teaching experience to children and adults, both privately and in higher education. Doctorate in music (D.M.A.), with emphasis on teaching, performance, and collaboration.
I offer a stress free, yet challenging learning environment. I focus my instruction primarily on proper practice techniques, as well as meaningful interpretation and musical expression. I can significantly expand your horizons in music and culture and your enjoyment of the piano.
Please note that I generally do not take on students under 13 years old.
I believe that creating art in general, and music in particular, is one of the most rewarding, honorable, dignified, and essential activities in which one can be involved. I love sharing my expertise and enjoy the challenge of finding effective ways to present concepts and materials.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
Focused conversation regarding the goals and intentions of the student. Listening, playing, and demonstrating. Emphasis on productive and enjoyable practice: how to practice correctly and maximize your time. I believe the space created during the piano lessons is truly sacred. It is where the student and the teacher engage in meaningful and important converstation about the role of creativity in our lives. It is a dynamic exchange about all aspects of our being.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
B.M. Oberlin Conservatory
M.M. University of Arizona
D.M.A. University of Arizona
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
Generally, I charge 80$ for an hour of instruction, or 60$ for forty five minutes. There is some flexibility, depending on the student's financial situation. Transportation to the student's house/studio may be extra if more than an hour from Berkeley, and at the discretion of the instructor.
How did you get started teaching?
I started teaching as soon as I began conservatory at the age of 20. It appealed to me immediately and remains one of the most rewarding activities in my life.
What types of students have you worked with?
College students, corporate executives, music professionals, younger and older people.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
The clearer you are in your intention regarding music study, the more effective the instruction can be tailored to your specifications.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
What kinds of music do I want to play?
Do I want to explore improvisation?
Do I want to learn music theory alongside my applied studies?
Do I want to perform for people?
What kinds of expectations do I have of the instructor? What does the instructor expect of me?