I have been teaching for 25 years to students of all ages and levels. My experience ranges from young beginners taking private lessons, to chamber music coaching and theory/aural skills training, to high school aged students on track to majoring in music in college.
I have worked in a variety of environments: schools, students' homes, studios, my home, and community centers. I have taught students from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds, ethnicities and cultures. I have taught gifted students and those with learning disabilities. I am comfortable in a private or group setting. I have taught composition privately and in a group. I have prepared students for ABRSM exams. I continue to mentor past students, writing letters of recommendation to universities, taking an interest in their musical and academic lives. I have been a pianist most of my life and a composer for almost as long. My Bachelors' and Masters' degrees are in composition.
I use a variety of method books when working with beginning piano students. I start with a lesson and theory book, then add a technique book. Every student begins learning scales immediately. I encourage transposition and composition. I emphasize reading but also aural skills. I also teach advanced players and college students, and adults of all ages; I stress a good, healthy technique to ensure a lifetime of musical enjoyment. I teach primarily classical repertoire but if a student is interested to learn a popular song, I am happy to incorporate it into the rest of the lesson. I can teach beginning jazz, elementary harmony and basic improvisation skills.
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