Very simply put, I LOVE teaching! I especially love teaching piano to all ages and interest levels.I believe in music as a supreme gift for enhancing relaxation and uplifting the spirit. Students gain self-confidence, poise, and grace. Knowing how to play the piano opens many doors socially, too.Underlying those benefits are additional, life-long tools gained from the study of piano. Studies have shown that grade school students who studied piano for three years scored higher than their peers on spatial and cognitive test. They are better prepared academically and perform much better in school. Music students also have an easier time acquiring second languages.You see, not only am I piano teacher, I've taught English and French, too! All are languages, but the one dearest to me is music! As a classroom teacher, I've seen the effect piano lessons have had on my English students and French students, even when I was not their piano teacher. Music lessons truly DO make higher achieving academic students! Personally, I was blessed with two very fine piano teachers in my youth, and continued study at the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music. I gained a minor in music, and went on to get my Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Southern Mississippi, with certification in French.In addition, I have worked for piano retailers representing the Steinway & Sons line of pianos. That work took me to New Orleans and Jacksonville, Florida where I also taught piano. My approach is to teach the student; not the book. I do not do "canned" lessons which keep the students in a method book just because the "next piece" is the "next piece." Once the student has an understanding of the basic theory and technique (all presented in an authentic, yet fun manner), I will branch out from the book and supplement with additional materials suited to each student. As a result, and in short, my students progress quickly and legitimately. You'll find me to be very patient and kind, understanding that not all students have the same tastes in music, nor the same motivation at the onset. I meet each student where they are, value each one for who they are, and develop as much musical ability and talent as the student will allow. Music is for everyone whether their interests take them to a major in music, or music as a personal enjoyment and enhancement.Students are invited to take part in recitals throughout the year that I arrange. The recitals are wonderful outlets for performance and gaining confidence and poise! They also provide goals toward which they can better practice and have fun. I also offer additional opportunities for performance via Missouri National Teacher Association where students have the chance to perform for adjudication. All of my students who have taken part in this event have always scored "Superior" ratings. I look forward to meeting with each and every one of you, getting to know you and your families, and sharing this wonderful gift of music that will last a lifetime!