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Oberlin College (Piano)
The juilliard School (Master's)
Rice University (PhD)
I have been teaching private piano lessons for twenty years to all ages and levels. I spent three years in Paris on a Fulbright Scholarship where I acquired fluency in the French language. I also have experience as an adjunct instructor at the college level, where I learned to communicate clearly.
I know French grammar and have excellent pronunciation from accompanying singers in French.
I have a doctoral degree in Piano Performance and have taught privately to all ages and levels for twenty years. I have been teaching private piano lessons for twenty years to all ages and levels. I spent three years in Paris on a Fulbright Scholarship where I acquired fluency in the French … Read more
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I am a current tutor in the Houston area. I gained fluency in the French language in several ways. Taking one semester of French in High School and later in college helped me get a good start.
I attended the first annual French Piano Institute in the summer of 1993, where I played the Piano Sonata of Henri Dutilleux for the composer and his wife. The performance was held in the Salle Cortot at the École Normale de Musique in the 17th arrondissement in Paris.
Following my performance, Dutilleux presented me with a signed copy of a new book of interviews with him. Seeing that the book was in French, I decided I would apply myself and learn the language for real so that I could read the book!
During my first semester at The Juilliard School in the fall of 1993, I was seeking to fulfill an elective requirement towards earning my degree. The administrator in charge of making my schedule indicated that the French vocal coach Thomas Grubb was seeking a second pianist to accompany singers in his class entitled French Vocal Literature. It was by mere chance that I would gain exceptional French pronunciation skills through this course.
I made it my mission in 1998 during my doctoral studies at Rice that I would win a Fulbright Scholarship to Paris. I received two scholarships in addition to the Fulbright, a Harriet Hale Woolley scholarship from the Fondation des États-Unis in Paris, and the Société Générale Scholarship through the French Embassy in New York.
I spent three consecutive years in Paris from 1999 to 2002, thanks to these scholarships. I gained fluency at that time.
I currently live in Houston, where I teach piano as my primary source of income. Tutoring French is more of a passion and a hobby. I gain great satisfaction from watching students acquire a conversational level of French. I have been teaching piano to all ages and levels and in two languages since the fall of 1995. I have considerable experience working with all types of personalities, and I work hard to satisfy parents and their children.
I have a doctoral degree in Piano Performance from Rice University. I taught group lessons to students at The Juilliard School and at Rice University. I began teaching piano at the inception of Rice University's Preparatory Program in 1995, where I began to teach private piano lessons to all ages and levels. I have a great deal of patience and ability to engage students to meet their own challenges by not spoon feeding them. I get my students to think critically.