Lessons incorporate piano technique, music theory, functional skills (reading music and playing by ear), expressive nuance, and performance. Materials are carefully selected to match each student’s individual learning style, skill level, and interests. If you would like to learn more about lessons, please contact me to schedule an interview.
Beginners generally have less than three years of experience at the piano. Lessons concentrate on the fundamentals of piano playing such as pulse, basic rhythm and reading, proper hand position, and more. Beginning students work from one or two method series which include short pieces, theory exercises, and technical studies. Additionally, students learn a variety of pieces by rote. Get started!
Most intermediate students have studied piano for several years. Lessons expand on the fundamentals. Students work from a classical anthology with more complex pieces than those found in a method series. This is supplemented by a comprehensive theory series and technical etudes. Students also learn to create engaging accompaniments to their favorite tunes, reading from a lead sheet. Get started!
Advanced students usually have many years of experience. Lessons focus on artistry and technical refinement. Instruction is tailored to the student’s goals from accompanying a choir to preparing for a college audition. Students are encouraged to study a variety of classical styles, in order to develop a wide range of expressions. Emphasis is placed on helping each student find their unique voice. Get started!
- Baldwin Model M baby grand
- Casio Privia digital piano
- Recording and notation software
- Massive music lending library
- Whirlgig games, music apps, and incentives
- Green screen studio equipment
Frequently Asked Questions:
The interview gives us a chance to meet, discuss your goals and my teaching approach, and answer any questions you might have before committing to lessons.
Most children are ready to start lessons around the age of five or six. I will make an assessment at the initial interview to determine your child’s readiness for lessons.
You should plan to attend lessons while your child is in elementary school to learn how to help them practice. Older students are capable of practicing on their own.
Yes! I really enjoy helping adult students realize their goals at the piano.
Lessons include piano technique, music theory, functional skills (reading music and playing by ear), expression, and performance. Students also have the opportunity to participate in adjudicated performances through the Music Teachers National Association and American College of Musicians.
Practice time varies from student to student. Each student will be given achievable goals and should use the accomplishment of these goals to define how much they should practice. Students should aim for a minimum of 5 days of practice each week. Short, daily practice sessions are more effective than one or two long practice sessions. Studies have shown that retention of new knowledge drops to just 60% after 24-hours without reinforcement. Therefore, the most important time to practice is right after the lesson.
An acoustic piano is ideal, however, beginners may start with a digital piano as long as it has 88 weighted key and a damper pedal. Intermediate and advanced students must have regular access to an acoustic piano in good working condition. Small students may need a footstool and cushion for the bench.
You should tune your piano at least twice a year after the seasons change. Ask your piano technician to send reminders every 6 months about tuning your piano so you don’t miss a tuning. It is not cost-effective to postpone tunings. Delaying runnings could result in having to schedule multiple tunings in succession to bring the piano back to tune.