I perfer at this point in my life of working with adults and teens, but have worked with young people for 40 years. I offer a range of learning from classical, jazz, pop and even some improvization. I do require basic technique work for without a strong finger, arm, muscle memory development, one cannot truly play musically as they are held back without this technique development which in my studio is: scales, arpeggios, and chords and inversions. Some exercises I've developed by my teachers from the past are used, also. I ask 1/4 of the time you practice to be used in technique development, the rest preparing pieces. I also work with HOW to practice as to make it EASY which is all practice means, TO MAKE EASY.
Music is my passion. I have degrees, BM< MM in piano and percussion as I loved both types of instuments and a piano IS a percussive instrument as it is struck by a hammer. My degrees are BM in performance from the U of Illinois; MM. from Catholic University. I also attented the Juilliard School In NY CITY for one semester. My goal is to help you as the performer ori student develop your own SOUND, as the sound is the end result. There is so much music of all types in this world, it is endless in choices. Understanding these styles is the intellectual part, then the musical part is taking this knowledge and applying it to HOW you produce the sound and the interpretation of the music chosen. I have had wonderful teachers in both worlds of piano and percussion, and use many of their techniques of teaching and of playing. Music feeds the soul and makes life a joy in both playing and listening. I have taught since 1970 privately and just recently stopped performing. I am an approved teacher by the National Music Teacher's Association for teaching. I have and still judge piano competition around the country. I was the winner of the 1967 piano competition in Siena, Italy for chamber music. I attended the National Music Camp in Interlochen, Mich. studying piano and percussion, and won in 1964 the concerto competition for percussion. I also performed for presidents, first ladies, etc. at the White House for events during my 21 years in the United States Army Band as well as the State Department, etc., performing mostly on piano at the White House. Piano study with Soulima Stravinsky; chamber music Leon Fleisher for one semester and Adele Marcus
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
Technique work which helps control sll you do in playing music. We discuss mudic yo play with classical (art music), jazz, pop, etc. this process is to learn to enjoy whatever styles the student is interested in learning.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a BM AND MM in piano and percussion. I studied at julliard in NY city for one year then finished at the U of Illinois. MM from catholic university of America in accompanying and chamber music. Retired from the US Army Band in wash dc. I hAve taught for 40 years and performed for 30 of those years.