I have many years of successful teaching experience with students of all ages and skill levels.
I love listening to students at the end of a teaching period (a year) and hearing that they have improved since the beginning of the teaching period. They have worked hard and i have helped them improve!
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I like to meet the parent(s) to discuss their expectations and to explain my approach to lessons and the curriculum that I use. Students who have had lessons elsewhere are asked to play for me to help place them correctly into my program. This is not an audition but is a chance for me to find the best fit for each student in my program.
I graduated from UNC at Chapel Hill and pursued graduate studies at Morehouse College in England. I have taught private music lessons since 1987.
I charge $120./month for a 9 month lesson year running from September through May. This translates to $30/lesson over the year. Summer lessons are charged individually. All students pay an annual registration fee. It is $90 for the 2016-2017 year.
I decided to teach lessons because I have fond memories of my own childhood piano teacher. Her support and encouragement led me to love music as a performer and to want to encourage others to enjoy it also.
I have worked with students from 6 years old to adults in retirement who have taken music up as a hobby.
Recently a young (8 years old) student asked if he could play a song for me that he had written himself. He is in his second year of piano and has been a good, if quiet, student. Of course, I agreed to hear his song. It was wonderful! The theme was Halloween Night and it was full of silly words and sounds that he made as well as a nice melody line. I recorded it for him so we will remember it and play it again sometime. This extra effort and creativity on his part made my week!
I advise students and parents to meet the teacher and visit the studio. This is a teacher/student/parent relationship that you are building and you do have choice in the matter. You want to feel comfortable and engaged during your lessons.
Am I interested in doing this and am I willing to put in the practice time necessary to be successful?
Am I interested in pursuing this with my child?