I have successfully nurtured and encouraged students for years and have been referred by parents and educators as well. My teaching style is comprehensive but sensitive to the needs and learning styles of my students. My goal is to " follow the student" by carefully presenting and selecting developmentally appropriate materials that compliment a student’s abilities and interests.
I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education, and a Master's Degree in Music Performance. I have post graduate hours in Piano Pedagogy from Northern Illinois University, Elmhurst College and the Robert Pace Institute and obtained certification as a Kindermusik teacher specializing in music education for children birth through age 7.
Believing that learning is ongoing, I have continued in my own personal musical studies with various artists and continue to perform with many notable music groups in the area.
I believe learning is not only for the young and welcome the adult and senior learner as well.
I truly enjoy seeing the growth and learning that occurs overtime with all students.....
I enjoy seeing the non musical benefits derived from music study such as pride in achievement, poise and confidence that student's acquire preparing for our twice yearly recitals and the performance opportunites offered through Music Teacher National Association.
I particulary enjoy seeing a student's excitement at sharing their newly acquired skills at school talent shows and performing for family and friends.
I was an absolute beginner pianist looking to build a strong foundation and reached out to Mrs. Landis via this site to get started. She has made taking lessons enjoyable yet still provides a good challenge for me; a good balance. She has helped me develop a strong motivation to continue with piano playing as long as I can.
Flexibility with music to incorporate seasonal music interest and she has a deep understanding of music. You can learn a lot from Mrs. J.
Quick prelude: I am an adult student (male - 27) and have been learning from Mrs. Landis for a little over a month now. I went into these lessons with zero musical knowledge. The experience so far has been nothing less than blissful harmony. Mrs. Landis's setup is comfortable and approachable. She is patient and has obvious experience teaching students of every age. Moreover, my journey so far has felt extremely personalized - something I value quite highly. Mrs. Landis seamlessly calibrates my skill, practice, and general progression to keep me challenged during and between lessons. Overall, I am excited to come to lessons every week and I have Mrs. Landis to thank for channeling my newfound piano passion. I'm eager to see myself grow as a pianist with her tender care! I could say more, but really I think these reviews speak for themselves. I would recommend Mrs. Landis to anyone and she was very accessible over the phone and by email. Thank you Mrs. Landis!!
I started searching for a new piano teacher because my son's motivation was draining quickly. At his lessons he watched the clock more than the notes. He was very unhappy and found very little joy in it. When we met Mrs. Landis everything changed. She sat down next to him on the piano bench and worked with him in a way that made him feel comfortable, enthusiastic, confident and happy. It will be a whole new world of enjoying and appreciating his talent now.
Getting the child to feel welcome and comfortable in a new setting is my first goal. Getting to know the child is my second. Each child has a particular learning style and response to being taught. I listen and watch carefully so I can "follow the child".
I have a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education, a Masters Degree in Music Performance, Post-graduate hours in Piano Pedagogy and specialized training in Early Childhood Music Education.
My students range in age from 4.5 to Senior status. I have worked with students who are new to learning the piano as well as students who are transferring from another teacher or resuming lessons after a hiatus. All are welcome.