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Teaching beginners age 3 to adults to play for a lifetime of enjoyment for over 40 years.

Please visit my website, MidloPiano.com for more information, to hear me play, and read my studio policies. 

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Midlothian, VA 23114
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

My curriculum is in 5 phases:

1) WunderKeys for preschoolers age 3-5.

2) Play-by-Numbers

3) Play-by-Letters

4) Note Pre-Reading

5) Notes

Transfer students are evaluated to determine in which phase they should begin.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I studied Music and Piano at Brevard Community College, Cocoa, FL, and Music and Business Management at the University of Central Florida. I have a BSBA from UCF. Prior to that, I studied with a concert pianist in Newport News, VA. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Half-hour lessons are $25. One-hour lessons are $45. Tuition is payable monthly by the first of the month. 

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching at 15.  My mother volunteered my services to a friend of hers as well as my two little cousins. I had been playing 11 years at that time. Teaching piano had never crossed my mind, but I found I loved it. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I've worked with students ranging in age from 3 to 85. Most were beginning students, but I've had many transfer students who wished to continue their piano studies. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

There are so many!  The most recent happened last week. I have a new transfer student who took lessons for a year using the Suzuki method. Her little brother just started with me as a beginner. Her mother told me at the last lesson that she and her husband are thrilled. They've heard more music in their home in the last three weeks than they heard the entire year with the previous teacher. The little girl spoke up and said, "You're the best piano teacher ever!" That made my day!!

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

No two teachers are the same, just as each student is unique. My advice is to find a teacher whose curriculum is in sync with your goals. So many teachers have a one-size-fits-all approach to prepare all their students for Carnegie Hall. My goal is to teach students to play for pleasure for a lifetime. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

My philosophy is that all students are learning to play for fun. If, along the way, they decide to get serious about it, we'll re-evaluate the curriculum. Sometimes that means finding a different teacher. 

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