I am passionate about teaching students of all ages the joys of Music and Language. My approach to Piano Instruction is holistic and differentiated to each student. I often integrate whole body movement such as clapping and stepping to help students internalize essential rhythmic patterns in music.
Patterns are paramount and I encourage students to identify patterns in harmonic relationships, phrases, and to help them find links between musical expression and verbal and cultural expression. My aim is for our lessons to be high-energy, welcoming, and cognitively stimulating. The supreme goal of a teacher is to foster a students' sense of self-efficacy by encouraging them to try, fail, discover, fix and create!
Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance with Double Minors in Spanish and Psychology
Experience in Performing Arts:
28 years of Piano Study with considerable experience in Advanced Piano Performance, Vocal Training, Choral Ensembles, Theater and Musical Theater.
14 years as a Private and Group Piano Instructor
7.5 years as a PreK-12 Instructional Assistant and Substitute Teacher in Title-I schools
14 years as a tutor in TESOL, Spanish, and General Education
Spanish Conversational Fluency
Abby has been a wonderful teacher, mentor and piano instructor to my children who are ages 7 and 10 since August, 2017. Abby is passionate about music and is an excellent piano instructor as she understands how to teach everything from the fundamentals to higher levels of music to different age groups. Abby’s broad range of music experience, her desire to teach children and attention to detail are what make her an outstanding music teacher. I highly recommend Abby and her group classes.
I have been taking "virtual" lessons for a little over six months now and can attest that Abby is a wonderful and very patient teacher. Starting to learn piano later in life, it has been a long time since I've had exposure to music basics, but Abby has been happy to answer any questions and is constantly offering encouragement. I've been particularly impressed with the way she crafts and personalizes practice assignments, ensuring focus on any areas I've struggled with recently. I also enjoy that Abby often throws in historical tidbits for added context, or little tie-ins to other fields of study. These enhance the lessons and often aid with remembering the topic at hand.