In my studio, music is a means of self-expression and self-discovery. Learning an instrument is a fantastic way for you or your child or teen to build confidence, increase focus, grow creatively, and express emotion. Lessons are offered as weekly 30- and 45-minute sessions in person or via Zoom.
Regardless of musical tastes and interests, all students should feel empowered to express themselves through their playing. Learning an instrument requires discipline, but discipline is nothing without love. Even as my students develop a strong technical foundation, my underlying goal is for them to fall in love with the piano and become lifelong musicians.
My foundational principles are that:
a) every human being is inherently musical, and
b) piano is a learnable skill.
Even if you’ve never used your music-making muscles, they’re still in there! Whether your goal is to accompany yourself on popular songs or to perform a sonata for a packed concert hall, reaching that goal depends less on “talent” than on commitment to practice.
The most exciting thing for me is seeing students learn to express themselves through music!
Teaching also pushes me to live in an atmosphere of growth. I've always been an enthusiastic learner, and it's inspiring to be a part of other people's learning process.
Stephan is such a great piano teacher. Working with them has helped to improve my sight singing skills and nervousness around playing in front of others. Always diligent, considerate, patient, and encouraging, I would highly recommend Stephan to any prospective student.
Stephan is such an amazing teacher! I can't believe how much better I've gotten at piano since I started lessons with them. They put a lot of thought into what I should work on, and recommend exercises and etudes that will help with the skills I'm practicing. Also they did all this over virtual lessons on Zoom! 5 stars, totally recommend them to anyone!
My own experience as a musician continues to evolve. For many years, my passions were ragtime, boogie-woogie, and novelty piano. In high school, I accompanied my school’s female vocal jazz ensemble. In the process of earning my B.A. in Russian from the University of Oregon, I fell in in love with classical music. As a singer-songwriter, I have performed across the globe since 2017, with annual tours of Japan. Currently I am working on my next album and pursuing piano teacher certification through the Royal Conservatory of Music.