This is me, playing "Fur Elise" as a child. I have always loved the piano, and my goal
as a teacher is to share this love with my students: to inspire and encourage them.
It's a gift that lasts a lifetime! I teach beginning through early advanced students of all
ages in my studio in Hillsborough, NC.
Above all, I hope the student will love music and enjoy playing the piano.
This love of music can last a lifetime and be an important emotional outlet and means of self-
expression. Piano lessons should be fun, creative, challenging, supportive and self-esteem
building. My emphasis is on playing musically, and thoroughly understanding the elements of
music, not on competing.
In teaching children, I keep in mind the child’s age and stage of development and plan lessons
accordingly. Lessons for young children include frequent getting up from the piano and playing
games or drumming. I supplement material from the lesson books and classical music with
additional repertoire to suit the needs and tastes of each child. Folk songs, popular music and
Christmas carols are favorites of the children and increase their enjoyment of piano playing. In
addition, children are encouraged to improvise, play by ear and to make up their own
compositions, especially if they enjoy doing this. Depending on the schedule, it may be
possible for your child to play duets or share some theory games with another student and this
is always great fun!
In teaching adults, I "follow the student", teaching music theory from the basics through more
advanced chord theory, developing technique, and helping students learn the music that draws
them--as well as introducing them to a variety of styles and musical eras.
My approach to teaching piano
schedule & fees