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I’ve been working in the area of music
for all of my adult life:
Giving piano lessons,
Directing Choirs at Church,
and most recently
teaching at COMPAS,
Center of Music and Performing Arts Southwest (Detroit, MI).
I use various method books,
depending mostly on the student
and level of study.
I am partial to John Thompson method books.
Beginner students will be playing simple melodies
by the end of the very first lesson.
The advanced students
will find some challenges
in the Thompson collection.
I also use The Bastien Method Books
and the John Schaum Method.
Again, the method books used vary
as I try to tailor the lessons
to each piano student.
Students will learn appropriate practice skills.
It is not enough to simply have
a song they are working for the next lesson.
They really need to learn how to spend time at the piano
and use practice time wisely.
I teach basic theory from the very first lesson,
and more advanced lessons in theory
as the student progresses.
At an appropriate time
scales and chord progression will be taught.
It is not enough for the student to know how to play a scale.
The student will learn how to create it
and how the chords are created as well.
I will also present
a variety of sheet music and work sheets
that correspond to the method book
and/or theory that is being taught.
Students will not only learn the rudiments of music,
but how to sit, how to place their hands at the keyboard,
how far the piano bench should be from the instrument,
and so much more!
Here I am!
Are you ready for your first lesson???
My piano studies began very early, at the age of four. My first lessons were with my mother, who is herself an accomplished classical pianist. (My mother once performed for the President of Mexico!)
After these initial lessons from my mother,I began taking lessons from the woman who lived next door us, who was also a classical pianist. Eventually,I began studying organ with this same music instructor. We had both a piano and an organ at home.
After these first lessons,I began studying classical piano at Arnoldi's Conservatory of Music located in Wyandotte, MI. At the Conservatory, I also spent some time studying voice. My summer studies at Arnoldi’s Conservatory included classes in improvisation at the piano.
I also began the formal study of flute at a young age. I was in the school band, and once in high school,
I was in the concert as well as marching bands, playing both flute and piccolo.
As an adult I continued my studies on organ spending some time formally studying the instrument at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, located in Detroit, MI.
I own a baby grand piano, as well as electronic keyboards. I also own a pair of Gemeinhardts (flute and piccolo).
I am a Church Music Director, directing both an adult and children's choir at St. Gabriel Church located in Detroit, MI. I also have a brother and sister who also serve in the area of music for their respective churches. My mother, now in her 80's, also continues to offer her musical gifts to her church. So you see, music has been an integral part of my life for all of my life.
I am the piano/keyboard teacher at COMPAS (Center of Music and Performing Arts Southwest), which is located in Detroit, MI. I also direct a growing Children’s Community Choir, and work with MOSAIC Youth Theatre in the First Stage Program geared for children ages 7-10. I am working with these young people to develop their singing voice. You can read more about these classes at my COMPAS music blog. You can send me a message and I will give you the link. Or you may wish to contact the director of COMPAS (Detroit, MI) and ask questions about me. Please feel free to do so.
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