Art Institute Boston (Fine Art)
1968 (Graduate Coursework)
Classically Trained Piano Performance (Other)
Since age six, music and art have been an extension of my character. I am a classically trained pianist. I studied with Ocy L. Downs, Portland's grande dame of piano teachers, and Maria Balling, of Austria, a student of Toscanini. I competed nationally and studied piano performance at Long Beach City College, CA. I am on-staff church pianist at a local church. For wedding ceremonies and special events, I play solo and with a violinist member of Lakes's Region Symphony. After taking a sabbatical to raise my family, I returned to teaching privately in 2004. My teaching method varies according to the individual. I believe one method does not fit all. I also believe developing the tools. Without the tools, which simply means how to use your fingers, one cannot make music nor can one make music without expression. After all, playing the piano is creating a story with sound. My joy is watching my students smile when they make a piece of music their own.
Repertoires for piano include classical, jazz, pop, rhythm and blues, gospel. Piano is the fundamental instrument. Learning to read music is imperative, especially for those who later study voice. If your child has difficulty concentrating, he or she will have a huge smile when their fingers settle confidently into a piece and they play it by memory. Pure Joy!
Art-my other passion. I studied art at Long Beach City College and Art Institute, Boston. After graduating, I taught art in a private school until Switzerland and my marriage became my focus. I have served on the board of Friend's of the Arts, Plymouth, NH. Since 2005, I have taught private lessons and my own summer camp art programs, ages 5 to high school. My work has hung in solo exhibitions, private collections in the USA, France and Switzerland. I teach drawing, painting and a fun project sculpting animals using sticks. I teach for the joy of seeing children discover the artist within themselves.
Since age six, music and art have been an extension of my character. I am a classically trained pianist. I studied with Ocy L. Downs, Portland's grande dame of piano teachers, and Maria Balling, of Austria, a student of Toscanini. I competed nationally and studied piano performance at Long Beach City College, CA. I am on-staff church pianist at a
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For 12 years, I have taught private piano lessons to students age 3-years to adult. Most of my students were by referral, should you like to ask for references. I am an on staff church pianist. I am responsible for the Sunday service preludes. I accompany soloists, and do solo work. I play music for weddings and other events with a violinist. Each student is an individual; therefore,I do not use the same method for all students. For all students technical studies are important not only to learn how to master arpeggios and scales, but to understand what is, why and how to use their fingers to play legato, staccato, piano, forte, etc. My training was formal classical, competition and performance in preparation to become a concert pianist, which I chose not to do when I had a family. I teach classical, jazz, contemporary, Gospel. We focus on technique, and expression, because after all music is painting a picture with sound. My students loved to share their music and looked forward to recitals.