Hello and thank you for looking into my profile. I begin every initial lesson interview with the same key questions: "What do you want to learn?" What vision of yourself do you wish to achieve at the keys? What sounds move you (and which don't)? Do you have a few songs/pieces you'd like to jump into right now? Or would you like a more systematic approach to music, building from the ground up?
Whatever your answers may be to the above, my purpose as your guide is to get you from where you are to where you want to be in the shortest period of time, by providing you with the background, tools, and shortcuts (trust me, there are plenty!) that are crucial to attaining the level of skill you desire. All the while, our lesson is infused with a contagious passion and love for the greatest instrument of all (I'm biased...of course!), providing us a portal into the infinite dimensions of music and art itself.
Whether you have young children ready to be immersed in music for the first time, or you're a more seasoned pianist looking to isolate key areas and get to the next level, I relish the opportunity to work with you and tailor our lessons to meet your goals in the quickest and most effective ways you can -- and can't, just yet -- imagine. I look forward to learning more on how we can work together to make your vision a reality!
All the best,
Education: University of Miami, B.A. 2010 (Triple Major; Summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa)
-15 years of private teaching experience
-Over 100 students (ages 4 yrs to 78 yrs) successfully instructed in piano performance (elementary, intermediate, advanced), music theory, composition/arranging (harmony, counterpoint, form) in genres ranging from classical, jazz, and blues, to pop, rock and EDM.
Witnessing someone come alive right before my eyes as a result of my coaching is what moves me the most. A central tenet of my teaching philosophy is that all of us already possess within us all that is crucial to making the connections necessary to master any subject. I'm simply entrusted to bring it out, and when I do, that is the moment I live for!
Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
1. Establish clear outcomes
The first step is to gain clarity for our sessions by establishing your specific musical goals and aims. Identifying the personal vision (whether broad or specific) is crucial to ensuring success in meeting our objectives. Even if those ideas aren't very clear at first, over the course of a few lessons students invariably gravitate toward what moves them.
2. Define your purpose
By far the most important element -- you must understand why you want what you want, otherwise your efforts may lack the focus to attain real results. I make certain that all my students know why their efforts are channeled into certain areas and we make those specifics compelling enough to keep the momentum going.
3. Develop custom strategy
This is where the magic happens! We tailor a specific approach for your unique needs that enables us to bridge the gap between where you are now and where you wish to go in the quickest and most efficient way imaginable. And in case you were wondering, this is the part that really moves me!
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
University of Miami, B.A. 2010 (Triple Major; attaining distinction of Summa cum Laude while elected to Phi Beta Kappa | Departmental Honors | General Honors)
Private musical instruction since childhood through teenage years with focus on piano performance, composition, arranging, and musicianship.
What types of students have you worked with?
In over 15 years of private teaching experience, I've worked with over 100 students (ages 4 yrs to 78 yrs) in areas as diverse as piano performance (elementary, intermediate, advanced), music theory, composition/arranging (harmony, counterpoint, form) in genres ranging from classical, jazz, and contemporary, to blues, pop, rock and EDM.