As an instructor, my ultimate goal is to provide a nurturing and supportive environment for all students. Learning an instrument is both exciting and challenging, and I strive to break down the learning process into manageable steps to give students a sense of accomplishment each week.
I work with each individual student to understand their unique interests, needs, and goals. I empower students by helping them set meaningful goals and celebrate all milestones with great joy- be it a performance in a talent show, or the first song they’ve memorized.
While I am open to all styles of music, I especially enjoy teaching pop and jazz. I hold a BFA and MA in Jazz Piano, and find the harmonies and improvisation of jazz to be challenging and engaging. The genre opens the door to a deeper understanding of melody, harmony, and rhythm.
I love helping students select musical repertoire that speaks to them personally. It's so important that students feel personally connected to the music they are creating.
Gabrielle is a teacher who genuinely cares about all of her students. She has been one of the best teachers I have ever had and actually helped me learn something. She advocated for me and helped get me the scholarship that allowed me to go to the music school in the first place. I have always felt like she believes in me and wants the best for me (even when I kept forgetting all my sheet music cause I didn’t have a binder) she never got angry at me. Instead she encouraged me to do better and to learn and grow. Her and her family have shown nothing but kindness to me and I can honestly say the impact of my lessons have been massive on my life. To anyone who is thinking of started music classes I recommend it completely, you never know how art can heal you.
As an adult beginning student, I was looking for a teacher who 1) is kind 2) wouldn’t force me to perform in a recital(!) and most importantly 3) is PATIENT. Gabrielle is all of that and more. Two and a half years after starting lessons with her, I am still amazed by and appreciative of her patience and encouragement. She has a natural gift for both teaching and music, and has a very calming presence that I imagine would make her especially wonderful with children as well.
My (almost) 11 year old daughter has been working with Gabrielle for the past year on piano and voice and it has been truly amazing. Gabrielle is not only incredibly proficient (and encouraging that same technical proficiency in our daughter) but her kindness, enthusiasm and empathy have created a passion and love for the piano far beyond what we could have imagined. I simply cannot recommend her more highly and am astounded every day by how she's inspired my daughter to turn self-critique into self-compassion. If research shows just how important a mentor can be in a child's life, Gabrielle proves this without a shadow of a doubt.
Gabrielle is the best music teacher I’ve ever experienced. She knows how to meet her students (both adult and child) where they are and help them with growth breakthroughs. I am learning weekly, while my daughter is too, and the connection is special when we can play together or for each other. Gabrielle makes the possibilities realities and has a real gift for compassionate teaching. I strongly recommend Gabrielle for any adult who wants to get started or pick up an old instrument, and kids who want to learn with a fun interactive teacher.
As your instructor, I meet you exactly where you're at, and we work together to set goals to become the musician you want to be! For some, that means learning a few ukulele chords for family get-togethers, for others, it's preparing for college auditions. No goal is too big or too small!
I have experience and training as both a classical and contemporary musician. My Bachelor's degree is in Jazz and Contemporary Music from UNC-Asheville, and my Master's in Jazz Studies is from Rowan University. I consider myself a life-long student and have completed additional teacher trainings from the Royal Conservatory of Music and the Frances Clarke Center for Piano Pedagogy.
Lessons range in price from $30-60, depending on the length of the lesson, and the location of the lesson. I offer lessons through Zoom, at Asheville Music School, and in-home lessons for those in Asheville.
My studio is open to students of all ages, but I specialize in working with teenagers. By helping them select music that is motivating and expressive, their confidence blossoms. I aspire to be a trusted mentor and adult in their lives during a time of transition and self-discovery. Through our lessons, students can gain autonomy, confidence, discipline, self-expression, and a life-long love of music. Additionally, there are many opportunities for my students to collaborate in duets and small ensembles. Ensembles give students a strong sense of responsibility, as their peers rely on them to learn their parts. Through these ensembles, many of my high school students have made lifelong friendships.