I have been teaching piano to children and adults since 1989. I also teach ukulele, composition/songwriting, and theory.
I believe that everyone has the potential to make beautiful music. Because each student is a unique learner, my teaching approach caters to individual strengths and challenges.
I use a combination of method books as well as traditional classical repertoire. I also write customized study pieces for and with my students. For those who are interested, lessons can include popular songs, composition and theory.
My students range in age from 4-60 years!
I call my recitals “parties” because I know that performance anxiety can be very difficult to feel and manage. I approach recitals as joyful expressions of growth, not as competitions. Music students are like beautiful, unique flowers in a fantastic garden. Is a peony better than lavender but not as good as a rose? It is impossible to give comparative values to individual growth, personality, or effort. My studio music parties manifest this accepting frame of mind.
There are so many ways to excel in music! Each of my students is a hero on their own musical odyssey. Each has their own terrain: of mountains to climb and brambles to disentangle, of warm beaches to bask in and oceans to swim.
Here is my duet arrangement of Erik Satie’s Gymnopédie no. 1. I wrote it for 2 siblings as their summer project.