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I have been teaching piano at my studio in Vallejo since 1990 (and before that in San Francisco). I hold bachelor's and master's degrees in piano performance from San Francisco State University, and am president of the Solano County branch of the Music Teachers' Association of California. I have extensive experience as piano soloist and accompanist, as church organist, and in musical theater.
I offer comprehensive program of piano technique and repertoire, ear training, and music theory. while my approach is essentially classical, and study of the classic repertoire is a key component of it, my aim is to develop independent musicians who have a command of the instrument and an understanding of how music works, so that they can take up any style that interests them or develop their own style.
Through the MTAC, I offer the Certificate of Merit program, for those who like to get certificates as tangible evidence of their progress. Intermediate and advanced students have the opportunity to participate in a scholarship competition offered by the Solano branch every spring. The branch also presents recitals every month, and students are strongly encouraged (but not required) to perform twice a year.
Ear training was part of my college curriculum as a music major (B. Mus. in piano performance, San Francisco State; ear training really didn't enter into the Master's program.) I have included ear training, based on the Kodaly method modified for purposes of piano instruction, in my teaching since the 1970's.
I hold Bachelor's and Master's degrees in piano performance from San Francisco State University. I have been teaching piano privately since about 1970, and have been on the faculty of the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts and the Vallejo Conservatory of Music. I have extensive experience as piano soloist and accompanist, as church organist, and in musical theater.
As teaching materials for beginners I use the Frances Clark "Music Tree" series for students up to about age 10; Palmer and Lethco's "Creating Music" for students aged 11 to 14; and Glover's "Adult Piano Student" for older students. In addition all students play Bartok's "Mikrokosmos" and other supplementary materials which can vary according to their interests. I prefer these books because of the generally high quality of the music; because, although they progress more slowly than some other books at the beginning, students trained in this way become very good readers; and because they respect the development of the hands: students are never required to do anything they haven't been physically prepared for. However, transfer students who have started with other methods can continue using the books they have for the time being.
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