I have fun teaching - my students look forward to their lessons and truly enjoy what they learn. I want my students to develop a lifelong love of playing the piano and understand that this is a skill that they will always have. Students are indiviuals, so I customize all of my lessons around each of them to help them reach their full potential.
I love meeting new people and developing lifelong friendships with my students and their families :) I find it very rewarding when a student that I taught 20 + years ago still keeps in touch with me and shares with me how much piano lessons and having me as their teacher enriched their lives. I am still in touch with students and their families that are in California - where I started my teaching career and now in Florida, I am developing new friendships. My own piano teacher contributed so much more than just a love of music to my life - he taught me to believe in myself and strive to be the best - I hope that I can do the same for my students.
I was a bit nervous meeting a teacher online but Doreen is so kind and welcoming. Would recommend her to everyone I know!
My 12 year old has been taking lessons with Mrs. Winter for about four months, he's learned so much and can play several songs already, as well as read music! Best of all, kids tend to quickly lose interest in hobbies, but my son still looks forward to the lessons. Mrs. Winter makes the lessons enjoyable, and is very patient and encouraging, and really tailored his more advanced songs to his taste (Star Wars and movie soudtracks!) I'm really glad we chose Winter School.
Students are individuals. Each lesson is costumized to the student's goals and skill levels.
If the student is new to the piano I introduce: notes, sight reading, technique, and theory.
If the student has a music background: I have them show me the last piece they have mastered, make sure they understand all of the notes and fingering as well as sight reading skills. I also will find out their music preference genre to make sure I incorporate some pieces they will enjoy while encouraging them to learn classical pieces along with their chosen pieces.
I have a Bachelor's degree in Music/History from UCSD.
I have been teaching students of all ages and skill levels for over 35 years.
1 Hour Lesson - $45.
45 Minute Lesson - $35.
30 Minute Lesson - $25.
All lessons are weekly.
I have always had a love for music, I had an amazing instructor who encouraged me to share my love and skill of piano with others.
I have worked with students as young as 4 and as old as 80. The students have all have been at different skill levels and experiences with the piano.
I would advice the student to make sure the teacher encourages you to learn all genres of music to help broaden your music education, while teaching you proper fingerings, sight reading, theory, and technique.