My teaching style is well-balanced between seriousness and enjoyment. I want students to enjoy lessons, but I try to set a standard that is achievable yet does make the student feel challenged.
Music is my passion and sharing my love of music is what I enjoy most about teaching piano.
I had taken piano lessons for a short time as a child. I am now retired and I wanted to get back to playing the piano. I was a bit nervous about becoming a student again. I started lessons with Diane and felt so comfortable and reassured that she could help me relearn all that I had forgotten and then advance at my own pace. She’s an excellent teacher and If you are looking to learn to play piano but still want to enjoy and have fun with it, no pressure , then give her a call.
First we have an "interview" lesson at no charge, to make sure we are a good fit. The typical process for working with a new student varies based on many different things such as age of new student and whether the student is a beginner or transfer. The student could be an older beginner or an adult beginner or of course a first grader, so I approach each student on a very individual basis.
I studied with Thomas Stumpf for many years and I now study with Yoriko Fieleke; she is a certified Taubman Approach teacher. I am learning so much about the best way to play to prevent injury, pain, etc. I have a B.A. in music from UMASS and an M.A. in music with a focus on composition from UNH. I also taught a basic Music Theory Class at UNH for 3 years.
As a composer, I have some piano solos published through Alpha Major publishing. I am currently working on some new chorale pieces that were commissioned by Winchester H.S. & the Paul Madore Chorale.
I have set business policies and my studio is tuition-based; this is discussed at the interview lesson.
Meet the teacher before you begin taking lessons; ask lots of questions about experience, style of teaching, etc.
What are their specific goals in learning to play piano? Also, what does this commitment involve?