I teach students of all ages, levels and abilities, with a preference for students who love music and are willing to commit themselves to a high level of detail work and artistry.
Loving the music is the best possible motivation to practice! With that in mind, I try to choose rewarding music that teaches students what they need to become excellent pianists and musicians. Students will receive musical education that balances performance with technique, sightreading, theory, listening (ear training), and musical expression. Students perform regularly in group classes, recitals, and festivals. Highly motivated students have the option to participate in piano competitions.
BEGINNING STUDENT OBJECTIVES:
- I want to make sure students start out with a solid and well-planned progression in reading, rhythm, theory, and technique. I want them to play excellent and motivating music as part of the process. The Faber Method (Piano Adventures) is the best method I've used. It has imaginative music, and prepares students for the challenges of the intermediate classics.
- Students will develop a natural hand position and learn how to get a beautiful and powerful sound.
- Students will learn how to practice, including how to count, read notes, learn a piece in sections, and how to put it all together and make it musical.
INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCED STUDENT OBJECTIVES:
- Increasing emphasis on developing technical speed and power, dynamic control, voicing, balance, musical interpretation and communication, style, and performing.
- Technical regimen that includes scales, chords, arpeggios.
- Students learn advanced practice skills and technical problem-solving skills as needed to master more difficult music.
- Balanced choice of music that exposes students to a wide variety of technical challenges, styles and composers.
- Encourage students to use their musical skills to accompany, perform, and share music.
TECHNIQUE COACHING and TEACHER TRAINING: (For advanced pianists and teachers)
- Correct body alignment and balance, as needed.
- Develop a more natural hand position, as needed.
- Eliminate tension or discomfort and solve technical issues the student may be having.
- Help with problem spots in the music (using appropriate technical tools for the passage)
- Solve problems using special techniques for common issues such as tricky passagework, difficulty working up the tempo, chords, octaves, arpeggios, leaps, or just how to make a passage less awkward.
- Some students may choose to retrain from the basics, if they want to completely rework their technique.
Workshops/presentations,or semi-private lessons available upon request.