With a Ph. D. in Music Composition, I specialize in teaching piano, music composition and theory. These broad subject areas also include harmony, counterpoint, analysis, orchestration, music notation, and electronic music.
During the more than 30 years of my activity in music, I have had the great fortune of working, studying, teaching, performing and collaborating with a wide range of people. My experience ranges from children to seniors, professional musicians to non professional music lovers, avant-gardists to traditionalist, historians to composers, and from a wide range and mix of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. I have taught in the community college environment (Skyline College in San Bruno), at universities (U. C. Berkeley and Davis), at a public charter (K-8) School in Oakland (COVA), and in private studio piano lessons.
For the past year I have been playing music hours at numerous facilities specializing in care for the elderly including Alzheimer's and Dementia care facilities. This broad and extensive background prepares me well to be sensitive to the needs of the diverse student population which I am pleased to serve. I design my studio lessons in piano, composition or theory to meet the individual needs of each student. My teaching methods are therefore flexible and adaptive. I respond to the ongoing feedback from each student as I strive to reach just the right balance between content, technique, ability, interest, literacy, enjoyment and discipline.
Regardless of the age group, skill level, learning style, or cultural background, I have had great success applying my adaptive teaching approach to each unique situation, and I am confident that prospective students and their families will find my approach to be a great fit for learning music through lessons with me.
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