Small Town Music Lessons
My students LOVE piano! They generally don't need reminders to practice, because their music has its own draw. I make lessons fun, engaging, and moving forward even if the student has struggled with a concept... there is always a new, fun way to approach that difficult concept and skill.
I love sending music into my student's homes through their lessons... families who encourage and support their kids, and adults whose families support them make all the difference in the world - give the gift of music to your loved one and sign up today. I am looking forward to hearing from you!
Able to read music
Student has instrument
Interested musical styles
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
I ask a lot of questions to get to know my student. Lessons are geared toward the individual student emphasizing their strengths and gently coaching their weaknesses into strengths.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I began taking private piano lessons at the age of 6 in 1994, and continued through college and beyond a bit. I graduated from Portland Bible College in 2010 with my music performance degree, and have been teaching in my own studio since 2003 (approximately 20 years at the time of this answer).
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
I teach 20, 30, 40, 50, and 60 minute lessons. This gives families the flexibility to pay what they can afford and what the student needs as we endeavor to reach their musical goals. There is a one time registration fee of $50 if we decide to go ahead with lessons after the free meet and greet.
How did you get started teaching?
My Dad encouraged me to start teaching when I was 15 years old. My teachers helped me and I fell in love with the it right away.
What types of students have you worked with?
All types. Some are children of professional musicians, some have parents with no musical background. I have successfully worked with students taking lessons despite major learning challenges, and students who thrive naturally in music lessons.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
I love our studio recitals - and over the years, have held over 30 music recitals for piano and voice students (I have even had my guitar students perform, but guitar isn't currently available), and have participated in even more piano and vocal recital performances as a student. I am always fond of opportunities for students to share the music they've learned. Prior to covid in 2020, students could also choose to participate in several years of music exams through NFMC festivals. As a student years ago, I participated in the MTNA/OMTA syllabus exams in piano - and have competed multiple times through regional school events.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Ask lots of questions, setup interviews. It is your right to find a teacher who makes you feel at ease and who you believe will help you learn the piano to the best of your ability.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
Honestly, ask whatever comes to mind. :) I encourage questions, and if I don't know the answer, I will still do my best to research, learn, and grow as your teacher.