I have been making music my whole life, and teaching music for over 35 years. In addition to private piano lessons, my teaching experience includes Montessori training, conducting youth orchestras and choirs, giving workshops and pre-concert lectures, and directing my summer camp, music FUNdamentals. I hold a master's degree in musicology and a doctorate in piano performance from the University of Colorado, Boulder; I perform regularly as a soloist and chamber musician, and I continue to research and write about my special interest, the music and times of the early-20th-century French avant garde.
My philosophy of music education is two-fold. First, music lessons teach problem-solving skills that can be applied to all of life’s challenges: clear thinking, a step-by-step approach, discipline and perseverance applied to a highly-detailed goal. Second, practicing classical music on any instrument cultivates a sensitivity that seems to be rarer and rarer in today’s world. Our culture prizes production values over content, but classical music is just the opposite: no slick packaging, just inherent beauty and excellence. And today’s music students are tomorrow’s audiences as well as performers –they are stewards of a precious legacy. I feel a deep responsibility to pass on this legacy, and find my greatest joy in helping kids and adults discover the ineffable delights of classical music.
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