Holding a Bachelor's degree in piano performance from the Oberlin Conservatory, and Masters degree in music education from the Eastman School of Music, I am an experienced teacher in the Pittsford, NY area, currently with a class of approximately 50 students.
Teaching piano touches all of my strengths, and therefore is an extremely rewarding and inspirational career. I have been drawn to the piano since age 3, then playing tunes by ear- began lessons at 5 and continue to sharpen my performing skills today. Recently, I took a "personal skills inventory" to see what areas of my personality were the strongest. "Empathy" was the winner with "Helping" coming in second. These attributes are hard-wired in me. I think that, coupled with my training and experience, are why in over 30 years of teaching i have, with very few exceptions, kept my students for many many years and not lost them to transferring.
I am meticulous about technique and all the rudiments of music- rhythm, dynamics, phrasing, etc but always with the individual's capability front and center. I move at each student's pace, and in this way, frustration is a stranger in the studio. Lessons are upbeat, fun, and encouraging. Loads of references on request.
Karen is a very good teacher. As an adult student, the lessons were a lot of fun and very helpful.
We will meet, I will assess your skills and your level, we will discuss your needs and goals and go from there!
I hold a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the Oberlin Conservatory and a Master of Music in music education from the Eastman School of Music
1/2 hour, $30
3/4 hour, $44
full hour, $58
The piano has been a large part of my life ever since my first memories. I was drawn to it and to teaching at a young age and have never lost my enthusiasm for either.
I have worked with 5 year old beginners, all the way to 70 year old beginners, loads of intermediate students of all ages and have taught college music majors.
Be sure the teacher you are hiring has credentials, preferably from an accredited music school or conservatory. Experience is extremely important. Try a teacher before making a decision or commitment. ( i offer free first meetings in the form of a mini lesson)
Students have varying needs. Discuss the type of music you are hoping to play, and how much time you have to dedicate to practice.