June 10, 2013 Students at Steinway Hall in NYC

June 10, 2013 Students at Steinway Hall in NYC

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

My goal is to teach students of all ages how to self-evaluate and self-direct their learning process that will enable them to practice and make music on their own. The most influential teachers of my music studies helped me gain the confidence to be an individual. I strive to do that for my students!

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I am currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Music & Human Learning from the University of Texas at Austin. My teaching and research focus is on the group learning environment for adults. At UT Austin, I teach beginner group piano courses for non-majors and group piano for music majors under the mentorship of pedagogues Laurie Scott, Martha Hilley, and Robert Duke.

Private Teaching Studio, since 2005

  • Teach beginners - early advanced students
  • Organize group classes, studio recitals, and community outreach performances

Instructor of Group Piano, University of Texas at Austin, 2014-current

  • Teach a course for beginners to develop music appreciation and skills for playing lead sheets
  • Teach a course for music majors to develop harmonization, sight reading, transposition, and improvisation skills

Instructor of Group Piano, East High School, Utah, 2013-14

  • Taught beginner and advanced group piano on a 90 minute block schedule (2-3 times/week)
  • Created lesson plans to incorporate music history, theory, ear training, and performance
  • Collaborated with colleagues to ensure success of the students and plan semester recitals

Instructor of Group Piano, Riverbank State Park Cultural Complex, New York, 2012-13

  • Designed the curriculum and taught 3 courses: beginners ages 7-13, teens ages 14-17 at the intermediate level, and adult beginners
  • Organized seasonal group performances and open houses for parents and prospective students

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LESSONS

Lessons are 1 hour in length in order to have sufficient time to work on musicianship, technique, and theory. For beginners, 45 minute lessons are an option.

PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES

Involvement in your child’s practice at home is incredibly important to their progress and success. Particularly with younger students, parents will need to help the child review lesson assignments and encouragement from you to play more is crucial. We will have open discussions about how to help your child at home to make music learning a positive process for student, parent, and teacher!  

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Check the assignment pages in your notebook and practice those assignments!

  • Come to lessons well-prepared and ready to learn more!

  • Put in your best effort!

Contact me here to schedule a meeting!