I love the variety of what I do as a piano teacher. Piano students come with all types of backgrounds, goals, and learning styles. The process of getting to know another person and guide them through the learning process is wonderful and never gets old! I create and arrange materials to supplement the already great method books and supplementary music selected for each individual student. The ultimate goal is to pass on to someone else the ability to understand and play beautiful music for themselves. This is a satisfying thing to do each day.
Good piano teachers put a lot of thought into assigning music to their students. Shopping for students takes takes up much more time than most parents and students realize. As the owner of Nadine's Music Manor in Plano, I can testify that Tana exerts this energy in her repertoire choices. I am sure she spends as much care and thought in giving her lessons. Congratulations on choosing a great teacher!
Our Daughter Ruthie (age 6) has been taking piano lessons from Ms. Tana since August 2019. Ms. Tana is like a modern day Mary Poppins! She makes piano fun, interesting and comprehensive. Ruthie looks forward to her lesson every week. Ms. Tana is so kind and patient and her loving demeanor has really made an impact on learning and developing the skills Ruthie has needed to succeed! We love you Ms. Tana!
Piano Pedagogy, Louisiana College 1983-1987
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I taught for a few years during and immediately after college. For many years, however, I was able to devote all of my time to my family, which includes five wonderful children. When the youngest entered junior high school, I began teaching piano again, gradually building up the number of students, joining local music teacher associations, and moving into a designated studio built next to our home.
All types and varied ages!
Each year our local high school band participates in the UIL Solo & Ensemble Contest. Since 2011, I have accompanied students on the piano part to their instrument’s solo. The students work very hard, and I really like being there for them and providing them with the experience of working with a professional painist. It’s a great opportunity for me to keep my peforming skills sharp as well.