I am a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, and I work with students of all ages, from beginners to advanced players.
I specialize in innovative uses of technology to make learning fun and to speed student development. Although a keyboard with MIDI technology is not required at home, my students take advantage of that resource if they have it.
I use quite a bit technology in my studio. I have a Disklavier grand piano that records and plays back. It can also be used with interactive music software for computer or iPad.
I am well known in the piano pedagogy field as a regular presenter at national conferences, such as Music Teachers National Association and the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. I also have a software company called TimeWarp Technologies (timewarptech.com) that specializes in interactive music software for iPad, Mac, and PC.
I enjoy taking a musical journey with my students and helping them to fulfill their musical aspirations.
I especially enjoy the opportunity to work with the unique set of learning skills that each student brings to the study of piano. The best teaching approach for one student is not necessarily the best for another.
The fun challenge is finding the best resources and approach to learning to play the piano that uniquely match each student's needs.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
Each student has a unique learning style and a unique set of interests. I start by assessing the student's current skill level and interests, and then proceed to develop a personal course of study that best matches the student's needs.
In particular, I take advantage of modern technologies that shortcut the learning process and make practice at home more fun.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Although I have undergraduate and graduate degrees in music, I mostly draw on my experiences as a teacher, learner, and performer.
I have been a long time developer of music software that enhances the learning experience and which takes advantage of contemporary tools, such as the iPad, personal computer, and MIDI-equipped piano or keyboard.
My studio is nicely equipped for a modern approach to teaching, and I enjoy working with whatever modern resources the student may have at home.