Take Flight! Piano Studio

Take Flight! Piano Studio

1 employee
8 years in business

About this pro

I am certified to train students in the Lister-Sink Method, a step-by-step, scientifically sound approach to developing piano technique from the simplest movements to the virtuoso level. I also specialize in training accurate, reliable, sightreading skills.

Throughout my teenage years, I struggled with piano technique and sightreading. Finally, in my 20s, I learned the fundamental building blocks of both, and my playing was transformed. Now I enjoy showing others how to develop these skills, step-by-step. You can become an excellent pianist.

Also, I am very lucky to be able to work one-on-one with people, face-to-face, in a relationship centered around music, the universal language of the heart.

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Winston-Salem, NC 27101
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

 I like to get to know a student before we begin lessons – that's why the first lesson is always free (more of a meet and greet). I like to know what types of music the student is interested in, what previous experience they have, and what goals they are inspired by, whether that's learning to sightread, play by ear, play freely and fast without discomfort or fatigue, or play the "Moonlight Sonata".

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

I have a Bachelor's degree in Music Composition from Middlebury College, and a teaching certificate in the Lister-Sink Method for Injury-Preventive Keyboard Technique from Salem College. I am currently working on my Master's degree in piano pedagogy and performance at Salem College.

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

Lessons are $30 per half hour, $45 per 45 minutes, and $60 per hour. Typically, students come in once a week, but some choose to come more often. I also offer training in the Lister-Sink method (www.pianoandorgantechnique.com), which requires 3 to 5 meetings per week, at half the price of weekly lessons. 

Almost every month, I host a complimentary Take Flight! Piano Studio Class at Mitchell's Piano Gallery.  Everyone in the studio is invited, along with their friends and family.  Students have the opportunity to perform in front of a small audience and receive a little bit of coaching.  The students enjoy getting to know each other, have fun, and get really good at performing in front of a crowd!

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with all ages, from age 5 to 90, and with a variety of levels from beginner to advanced.  Each and every student has been uniquely rewarding to teach.

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

Before you begin formal studies with a teacher, have the teacher play for you. Their playing should move and inspire you. If it doesn't, find another teacher!  You will learn to play much like your teacher plays.

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

I divide my teaching into six basic categories: technique, music theory, sightreading, ear training, repertoire, and performance.  Think about each of these categories, which you find the most challenging, and which you are especially interested in developing. Also, consider which styles of music or songs have moved you in the past, and which you might like to play. 

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