Experienced: Taught for 46 years in the Florida and Chicago Public School Systems
Lessons In-House with Baldwin Concert Grand Piano
Willing to take on Beginner -> Advanced Students
Children -> Adults.
All are welcome.
I love sharing the gift of music with my students. It's my goal to make each lesson enjoyable and to motivate my students. Since I was a first grade teacher, I understand the importance of helping my students have a solid foundation to build on. There is never a "one size fits all" approach to my teaching. I have found that around 45 minutes is an ideal length for most lessons, and I try to work with each student as long as he/she is focused and absorbing the new material presented.
My five-year old son has been taking lessons with Ms. Linda for half a year, and she is an amazing teacher and an incredible person - warm, encouraging, and very knowledgeable. Having just turned 5, I wasn't sure if my son would be ready for piano, but Ms. Linda's approach is fun and encourages learning - he excited about music and looks forward to his lesson each week! Her experience as a school teacher brings out the best in the student, and I greatly appreciate her helping to instill a love for music and to support learning in general for my son. She goes beyond all expectations of a piano teacher!
She gave me confidence that I could actually play the piano and I am doing just that.
Last summer my nine year old great niece came for a visit after being assured that she could continue her piano lessons while here. She worked with Ms Linda for several months and her progress really showed. They hit it off immediately, and young Jodie couldn't wait to get to her lesson every week. When she returned home, her teacher was surprised and delighted at the progress she had made. I was particularly impressed with Ms Linda's willingness and ability to explain things in a way that a young person could understand without talking down to them in any way. Her warmth and humor helped smooth the way through any nervousness or fear that seeing "too many notes" can sometimes bring on in a youngster. A pleasant and successful experience for all involved.
I love to find out why my students want to learn Piano? What drives them to succeed? What types of music they prefer. I try to cater my lessons to fit my student's desires.