BA in piano performance. Decades of successful piano teaching, all ages. I love helping people succeed at learning to read music and play the piano well!
She is very patient and very knowledgeable!
Peggy is very patient, especially with a senior adult learner. She has a step by step approach that is encouraging to someone learning a new skill. I would highly recommend her as a teacher to any age student.
We are so grateful to have Peggy as a piano teacher for our two children. She has a very kind, patient and approachable personality. My children love her! She conducts lessons in a very professional manner that promotes student growth and development. Peggy is also very organized with schedules that work well with families. As an added bonus, at least once a year the students have the opportunity to participate in a group lesson event, various “goal driven” incentives and two wonderful recitals to perform. I highly recommend Peggy!
Our 12-year-old and nine-year-old are thrilled about getting to go to “Miss Peggy’s” for piano lessons. They never gripe or grumble about it being piano lesson day. Peggy has a special way of teaching the students that is so patient and kind. She has many years of teaching experience and is helping to instill a love of music into our kids’ hearts. Miss Peggy is not at all pushy, but she is a wonderful encourager and our kids are doing so well!
I first ask some questions to get to know how a person thinks, then recommend a curriculum based on that assessment.
The curriculums I use are fairly traditional, working both the brain side of understanding how music is read, and the physical side of teaching the fingers to play. The goal is to have the music on the page "come in through the eyes, and out through the fingers." A silly sentence, but that is what I work towards!
At each lesson, I have the student play what was assigned the previous week. We work on any problems that need to be corrected. Then I teach the new concept, model it, have the student try a bit of it, then assign things that work that skill.
I have a college degree (BA) in piano performance.
I have taught music and led church music programs my entire adult life. I have had as many as 38 students at a time, although now I am teaching less so I can spend time each week with my twin granddaughters.
For school age students, I charge $100 a month for a weekly half hour lesson. This is for the school year only, where I have a set schedule that follows our local school district calendar.
For summertime students, and for adults all the time, I charge a lesson fee of $25 for every half hour lesson. This allows more flexibility.
A fellow pianist friend was moving out of state, and asked me to take her students. It was a natural fit for me with my training.
I have worked with students as young as four, but many are somewhere in grade school when they get started. My adult students have come to me as either beginners, or with some background in piano. I have been able to take people wherever they are musically, and help them move forward to where they want to be.
i have also taught at Children's Music Academy, a place that specializes in teaching the young child. A wonderful place, but found that I prefer individual lessons to piano class lessons.
I love our recitals (optional, but fun!), and our twice yearly group lessons. At the group lessons, we do games, and drills that reinforce musical concepts.
Find someone who has a positive, joyful attitude. Teachers should know that sometimes you can't get all your practice done, and should just go with what you did get to work on instead of being grumpy about it.
Someone who teaches you so that you will become self sufficient in music. I think the methods of teaching that don't teach music reading (they teach via imitation) make the student way to dependent on a teacher.