I am a passionate teacher with students of all ages and levels! I am experienced in teaching remotely via Zoom as well as in student's homes. I have BM and MM degrees in piano pedagogy and performance from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, and a DMA from the University of Michigan. I am a nationally certified teacher by the Music Teachers National Association. I currently run an independent studio in central NJ consisting of around 30 students, and am looking to expand! I also teach as a college professor at Westminster Choir College, and act as the music director at Allentown United Methodist Church in Allentown, NJ.
My students learn many styles from classical to lead sheet, popular, and even a bit of jazzy styles of music. I primarily use Faber's Piano Adventures, as well as supplementary classical repertoire books and materials from the Royal Conservatory of Music.
My students have been successful in all levels of the Royal Conservatory of Music exams from Prep B through level 10. They regularly perform in recitals and festivals. Recent concert venues include Jacobs Music Recital Hall in Lawrenceville, NJ as well as Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall.
I teach with passion, and strive to bring out the very best in each of my students. Once I find out what excites and motivates, we run with that, and exceptional learning takes place! There's no better reward for both teacher and student than seeing the student progress from a total beginner to an accomplished musician. This has indeed happened with many of my students, and the feeling is indescribable! No matter what level a student comes to me at, there is always room to grow, and I can help you determine and achieve your goals!
Dr. Leifer has been instructing my daughter since she was 10 and her progress in these 3 years has been just tremendous. We love how she gets instruction in theory and performance as well. Even during the pandemic, the switch to remote lessons hasn't lessened the frequency and more importantly, the QUALITY of the lessons. We are so, so pleased to have found Dr. Leifer and recommend him highly.
We set up a trial lesson to assess student level, attention span, and musical goals.
BM, MM, and DMA in piano pedagogy and performance. Nationally Certified Teacher of Music by MTNA. 10 years of experience owning and operating my own piano studio, both in person and virtually.
Lessons are set by the length of time.
Current weekly rates:
$60 for 30 minutes
$75 for 45 minutes
$105 for 60 minutes
$120 for 75 minutes
$165 for 90 minutes
Lessons are paid for in advance by the month on the last day of the previous month. There is also an earlybird monthly discount of $20/month if lessons are paid by the 15th of the previous month
I began teaching in piano stores with a small studio in the back of the store, as well as teaching in local community music schools. My studio quickly filled up, and after many referrals I decided to become independent so I had more control and flexibility. I always dreamed of running an independent studio, and now I am proud to have had it for 10 years and counting!
I have work with students ages 5 through adult. I typically teach beginners through RCM level 10. I enjoy teaching enthusiastic students who love music and are eager to learn!
One of my students earned the "Grand Prix" rating for his virtual audition for Music Fest. I was very proud to hear this news, and hope my students can continue to achieve great things like this in the future!