Piano Teaching Methods and Philosophies

methodsMy interest in teaching piano is twofold: I am drawn to music and I am interested in bringing my love of music to my students.

I first began to play the piano at the age of 9 and have always felt a strong connection to music. Moods and feelings are so well captured by music that words rarely have the capacity to express. I foster my passion for music through playing and teaching my students. The primary focus during piano lessons is the music. Technique, ear training, theory and music history are all approached through the pieces chosen to be mastered. Choices of repertoire are based primarily, but not exclusively, on music by the masters.

I believe in the transformative power of music as it relates to the growth of each of us as individuals. Private lessons create a special opportunity for teacher and student to get to know each other and build a bond based on the experience of learning about one's self through music. Students are encouraged to be active participants in the lessons by making interpretive choices, selecting repertoire as well as evaluating their own performances and practice habits.

As students progress through mastering repertoire I place great emphasis on finding and supporting the right pace for each individual.