Professional teacher (Berklee educated) with a BA in classical piano performance and over 20 years performing and teaching offering customized, enjoyable lessons. I maintain standards of excellence with tailored technical exercises, theory, and sight-reading practice customized to each unique individual. Detailed curriculum provided as well as weekly practice instructions. My students have 2 recitals a year at a gorgeous recital hall with a Steinway grand.
I customize lessons to fit each individual and also ensure they enjoy learning with a variety of teaching approaches. If your child or you study with me, you will see clear and rapid progress, yet you or your child will really enjoy the journey.
My main goal is to make sure my students learn to love music as I do and to get them excited about music. I have over 12 (20 years experience teaching) years of experience teaching piano privately, performing, and composing and work with a musical group performing and composing my original music, mash-ups of popular and classical music, and covers.
*SEE YouTube LINK BELOW for Student Performance Videos..I absolutely love teaching piano and watching my students blossom into accomplished pianists. I use a variety of innovative teaching approaches, games, and apps and also teach music literature and history. I mix classical repertoire with popular pieces.
All levels accepted; I love to work with advanced and intermediate students and help them with ABRSM exams, but also enjoy working with beginners.
I am a working adult who always wanted to play piano. I am so glad to have found Toby. She has a great zeal and passion for piano! She is extremely talented and an amazing teacher. She is very attentive and focuses on both piano playing and the theory behind it which makes it so much easier to understand the intricacies. She gives her all to her students! She lets me learn at my own pace while at the same time pushes me to become better! She is helping me learn not only the classics but also the new pop songs that I wish to play! She is very considerate and focuses on the overall development. I have been learning for 3 months now and I have already played a small piece in the annual recital! I could not have been more happy with my progress! I am extremely thankful to her and am going to continue learning from her!
My daughter started taking piano lessons 1.5 years ago, but I couldn't find a teacher who was a good match for her. I found Ms. Toby about 4 months ago and my daughter is now very happy. My daughter wanted to have a teacher with energy, who will motivate and challenge her, and can find the space between too hard and too easy. Ms. Toby's practice routines, song selection, and teaching style has made a huge impact on my daughter's skill in just a few months. Now she is excited to practice the piano in the morning - sometimes she wants to keep practicing instead of going to school! Ms. Toby also lets my daughter have space to practice a song that my daughter wrote, and is helping to guide her and develop these skills as well. With Ms. Toby, my daughter performed in her first recital in October, along with Ms. Toby's other students. It was a great chance for her to challenge herself and play in a music hall in front of a large group of people. I am very pleased to have her as a piano teacher.
My 10yr old daughter has been doing lessons with Toby for almost 2 years. She is making great progress and she really enjoys the lessons, she is always eager to go and loves that she gets to pick out some songs to learn, she had even worked on her own compositions! Toby is really helping to foster her love of music and we are excited to continue to see her progress!
Toby has been a fantastic instructor for my eight-year-old. From the very beginning, she has always been responsive, timely and professional in all scheduling and interactions. And she is really able to figure out and focus in on a child's talents and interests. My daughter has a particular fondness for composing, which I would have NEVER figured out on my own. But Toby has brought it out and fostered it, and at our first recital recently, my daughter performed her own composition! I have been pretty stunned to see her continual growth and I credit Toby 100 percent with developing it!
I offer a discounted trial lesson to allow a potential student to see my light, airy studio, play my wonderful upright grand, and get to know me a bit. It's a good chance to ensure I am the best choice for the student.
BA in Classical Piano Performance, multiple performances, over 20 years of teaching experience
Multiple piano master classes including University of the Pacific Master Class at a young age.
Berklee College of Music Training/Classes in Composition and Songwriting (Berklee is the best music college in the country for Composition and Songwriting)
Have curriculum/template for teaching songwriting and have taught songwriting and composition to gospel vocalists, EDM performers, and New Age pianists.