I teach the language of music. My studio has a positive and enthusiastic environment with the focus of fostering musical awareness, appreciation, and musicianship. Lessons are tailored to match the specific learning needs of each student. My goal is to develop innate musicality in each student by encouraging daily practice and a commitment to artistry and mastery, as well as for students to carry with them an enjoyment of music for a lifetime.
Student and Family Responsibilities
It's the student's responsibility to arrive at each lesson on time, well-prepared, and with their assignment books and music. My goal is for each student to completely understand each assignment and concept; questions and curiosity are encouraged.
Try to keep our regular schedule of lessons. Make-up lessons are offered for illness and required school activities. If your child is sick, please contact me before the start time of the lesson, but please give as much notice as possible. In order to minimize absences, students who may have ongoing conflicts with their regular lesson time should request a permanent lesson time change.
Recitals & Performances
I ask that all students play at the Spring and Winter Recitals; family members and friends are warmly welcomed to come. Please dress nicely for recitals and festivals - this is a great opportunity to wear that new outfit or try using hair gel for the first time! Additional performance and contest opportunities are available to students throughout the year, ask me about it if you're interested.
Lessons and repertoire are unique to each student. The student is responsible for purchasing music, which can be bought through the studio. Let me know if there is any particular piece, style, or composer that you'd like to learn more about.
Practicing at Home
Spend time practicing the piano. Make it a part of your daily routine. Complete all assignments and written theory homework, and then spend time exploring! Record your practice time and get a parent's signature every week -- this helps develop good habits. Ask me how students can earn a practice trophy at the spring recital and brag tags throughout the year!
Recommended Practice Time Per Level:
Kindergarten: 75 minutes per week
First year students: 100 minutes per week
Elementary level: 100-150 minutes per week
Intermediate: 150-225 minutes per week
Advanced: 225-300 minutes per week
Your Home Piano
An acoustic piano is strongly recommended. Pianos should be tuned at least once a year, which typically costs $100-130. If you prefer a digital piano, I recommend a full-size keyboard or clavinova (88 keys), with weighted, touch-sensitive keys and pedals. It's also important to check your bench height and its distance from the piano. Proper alignment is extremely important for your technical development. Not sure? Text me a picture!
Playing Piano Is Fun!
Do you know what's even more fun? Playing well! Practice slowly, and in small sections, and the gradual improvements will add up to great accomplishments!