The intention I have for each tutoring session with a student is to enjoy exploring piano, singing, songwriting, music theory, or music history, whatever we have agreed to work on together. I have decades of accumulated knowledge and experience that I am excited to share, and I always learn from my students as well. We start with a contract of mutual respect and commitment to practice and/or study, and come to the next session fully prepared to learn and grow.
Though discipline is required to learn music, I never lose sight of the creative place that music comes from. I like to end tutoring sessions with a few minutes of improvising or free discussion to finish on a fun note.
I started playing piano when I was six years old, and sang solos in my church choir from the age of ten. I began jazz piano lessons at age 15, and went on to get a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Masters in Music Education. I studied classical piano for fifteen years and classical voice for four years. I began songwriting in my 20's, and have performed as a jazz vocalist and pianist since the 1970's. I recorded and produced two CDs that are sold on CD Baby online.
Performing and teaching music has been the major joy of my life.
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