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As a classically trained pianist with over 30 years of training and as a recording artist and performer of alternative pop rock music, I am able to make lessons fun and relevant to each student's goals and needs. I approach music teaching with lots of energy and can explain music theory in a way young students can understand. I look forward to working with you. 

UNC Greensboro Music School graduate, 2007 with honors, magna cum laude

15 years experience teaching a variety of ages from 4 years old to 92 years old.  It is never too late to learn music!  Start pursuing your dreams today!

I love being a music instructor because it doesn't even feel like I'm working.  I get to do and share what I love best.  I love teaching private lessons because most of the students really want to learn.  It's not compulsory education for them, so for a student to take lessons from me, it means they really want to dedicate time to studying their instrument of choice, which is super exciting.

I also love it when my students come in and share a song with me they'd like to learn that I have never heard.  Teaching exposes me to all different types of music and I love it.

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Greensboro, NC 27410
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I usually have an initial consultation where the student gets to meet me and I learn how long they have been studying, or if they are a beginner, what types of music they like, who their favorite artist is, and I make a game plan that I discuss with the student and/or parent.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Music - graduated December 2007

16+ years teaching experience - piano, drums, vocals

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I am currently accepting new piano students.  I also provide songwriting development lessons for students who already have a basic knowledge of piano/vocals.  

Standard prices for students that travel to my home studio are $30 for 30 minutes, $40 for 45 minutes, and $50 for one hour.  I have a baby grand piano in my home that is always in great tune.

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching piano and vocal lessons during my education at UNCG School of Music.  I built my student base through referalls and word of mouth recommendations.  

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with a wide variety of ages and levels, from 4 years old to 92 years old.  In the beginning of my teaching career, I primarily worked with younger beginners and have since expanded to teach many styles of music: from classical to rock, pop, and country.  I have also worked with students who are mentally and/or physically disabled, students with Autism, and students wanting to use music to improve their learning or coordination.  I love finding out each student's story and their 'why' for wanting to take lessons.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I love moments when a student opens up to me to share when they first decided they wanted to play piano.  Recently I had a student share that one of their friends at school came to school and played a Beyonce song they said they learned in a week.  My student said "I thought, if they can do it, I can do it!"  From that moment on, he decided he really wanted to learn piano.  He has shown amazing growth in only 2 lessons.  We even played a duet during the second lesson.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Make sure that the teacher has the specific training and background of education or performance that you are looking for.  If you are looking for a more classical education focusing on sight reading and technical playing, make sure that your teacher has a Degree in music of at least a BA in their instrument.  If you are wanting to learn more pop/rock music or Alternative music, make sure your teacher knows the fundamentals of music and can teach you correctly, but also has experience in this type of music.  Sometimes it is not enough to just know the teacher specializes in piano.  You need to know how to ask the right questions to get the best teacher for you or your child.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Students should know what their goals are, why they want to play piano (or drums, or sing).  I often ask "If you could play any song in the world right now, what would that song be?"

You should be prepared to answer questions about your experience such as:

   Is this your first time learning an instrument?

   Can you read musical notation?

   What is your favorite style of music?

   Who is your favorite artist or band?  

   What is (or was) your favorite subject in school?