Old Greenwich Music Studio
My committment is to provide an individualized experience that leads to a lifelong love of music and learning. My goal is to have students master the skills that will enable them to be independent learners for life so that they can experience the joy of making music forever.
I have been teaching piano (all levels) and beginning level winds and strings since I graduated from the New England Conservatory in 1969. I taught Elementary School Music in the New York Public School System from 1969 - 1979. At that time I also taught piano lessons after school, traveling house to house. Upon the birth of my first child I resigned from my public school position, but continued teaching piano and instrumental lessons from my home. In 1972 I earned my Master's Degree in Music Education from Queens College, necessary to obtain my permanent teaching New York State Teaching Certification.
In 1992 I added Kindermusik Classes to my studio offerings as all evidence points towards the beneficial affect of music and movement on the developing brains of young children. Today I have the joy of teaching Kindermusik in the morning and instrumental music in the afternoon.
While my focus is on the process of making music, helping students grow in their understanding of and achievement in making music, I do also provide opportunites for students to gain experience sharing their music with others in small group informal settings.
Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
I ask that the student come prepared to share one or two of their favorite pieces with me.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have degrees in Music Education from the New England Conservatory and Queens College.
I have been teaching music professionally since 1969.
I taught music in the New York State Public Schools from 1969 - 1979.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
33 Individual 45 minute Weekly Scheduled Lessons (Sept. - May)for $3102 or a "10 pack" of 45 minute lessons to be scheduled as wished between Sept. and the end of May for $1000.
Fees are prorated for late entry and early departure. There will be a 5% surcharge for families choosing to pay in iinstallments.
How did you get started teaching?
As a young child my grandfather referred to me as "teach." Helping others has always given me great joy.
What types of students have you worked with?
Students have come to me with labels such as as "autistic spectrum, downs syndrome, gifted, hearing impaired, learning differenced (ADD, ADHD) and typical."
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
The father of a student with Downs Syndrome mentioned the fact that his daughter, now in boarding school, has chosen to take piano lessons as her elective.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Choose to take piano lessons only if you really want to spend the time and energy required to learn how to play this instrument. The lessons involved should bring you pleasure.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
First and formost, how much time are you able to devote to learning this instrument. Second, what styles of music do you enjoy hearing.