I teach beginning to early advanced piano students of all ages. As a professional piano teacher, I believe my most important job is to help my students reach their full potential as creative, knowledgeable and thoughtful musicians. My ultimate goal is to effectively teach my way out of a job for each one of my students by providing them the skills necessary to be independent and life-long musicians in whatever context they choose.
In order for my students to become life-long independent musicians there are several goals I feel they must attain. These include achieving musically literacy, understanding a variety of musical styles and genres, and developing the necessary technique to communicate specific musical requirements. This last goal is particularly important in my studio. The development of a healthy technique includes systematically and sequentially building the skills that properly and efficiently uses the entire playing mechanism free of tension while concurrently developing healthy practice habits that reinforce an adequate technique.
Additionally, I recognize and take very seriously my responsibilities as they apply to students and their families. I find that the most successful young piano students have parents or guardians who actively participate in their child's musical progress on a regular basis. As a result, I approach my interactions and communications with families as if they are also receiving a musical education. I encourage parents and/or guardians to regularly attend lessons as quiet observers and I place the initial responsibility of ensuring productive and healthy practice habits are instilled at home from the very first lesson. I consider the relationship between teacher, student, and parent(s)/guardians to be a triangle built on mutual trust. It is paramount that each member in the triangle understand the collective goals and be willing to work towards them as a team. I maintain extremely high standards in my teaching, and as a result, my students are focused and committed pianists who strive to reach their personal best.
Outside of lessons I am always working on behalf of my students! Here are just a few of the services I provide my students as a professional independent music teacher: