I have over forty years experience as a teacher. I believe in working hard at music and in the value of the teacher/student relationship.
I enjoy witnessing the satisfaction and joy expressed by students as they progress and develop as musicians, and how music assumes a very personal and profound place in their lives.
Studying the piano is hard work, and there is no substitute for putting in the practice time necessary to develop as a pianist. I teach students how to do two very important things:
1) practice effectively and productively, and
2) learn how to listen to the sound they are developing.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
I typically meet the student where they are in their development. As I develop an idea of her or his personality I adapt my teaching in a way that encourages their natural enthusiasm.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am classically trained with an MFA in music performance from Purchase College, State University of NY. I have extensive performance experience and have also worked as a church music director for many years as well as providing musical direction for theater productions.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
60 minutes: $80
How did you get started teaching?
I started teaching as a graduate assistant in college, and have taught private piano as well as music theory in college settings.
What types of students have you worked with?
Beginners, intermediate, advanced players. I prefer not to work with young children at this time.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Meet the teacher and discuss your goals. If you sense there is a good connection and that you are being heard, try a lesson or two and trust your instincts.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
1. How committed am I to studying piano?
2. Am I willing to invest time and money in this?
3. Am I willing to trust the process, and be patient with my progress?