Welcome to my piano studio
I have been teaching piano for the past 30 years. I have a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Oregon and currently a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) from the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). I am also state certified to adjudicate for the Oregon Music Teachers Association (OMTA) Piano Syllabus program. I continue to enjoy performing and accompanying when time permits.
My Teaching Goals/Philosophy
My goal in teaching is to foster the musical skills and knowledge necessary so that all my students experience the joy of making beautiful music. I want to help each student develop at their own pace and excel to the best of their abilities. Private music lessons require flexibility and assistance by a trained teacher to set appropriate goals for each student. I use a variety of teaching methods and supplemental materials including many styles of music to keep students motivated and encouraged to practice.
As a member of OMTA and MTNA, students have many opportunities to perform throughout the year in many of the festivals offered. They learn goal-setting skills by preparing for these festivals including thoroughly learning a piece and often being able to perform it by memory. This brings a feeling of accomplishment and pride. I also encourage students to prepare for the OMTA Piano Syllabus exams that also help motivate them to a higher level of playing.
Lessons will be offered in person this fall following a few protocols to keep everyone healthy. Students are to use hand sanitizer before and after the lesson, masks (optional) will be available at the door. Please stay home if you or any family member have been sick and request an online lesson for that week. Online platforms available are Zoom, FaceTime or Skype. I am currently interviewing students for Fall 2022. Call today to schedule a complimentary interview and evaluation for possible placement in my studio.