My Philosophy

IMG_8624Welcome to my piano studio! I started playing the piano when I was 6-years-old and quickly fell in love with music. In high school, I learned from the well-esteemed piano teacher John Ruggero and went on to study piano performance in the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music. I also studied child development and cognitive development, which aids in my development of age-appropriate curriculum. I primarily teach beginners age 4-15. I love working with children and introducing them to the world of music. Learning to play an instrument has a multitude of benefits for the growing child. They develop problem solving skills, attention to detail, fine-motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and listening skills to name a few. Learning to play the piano requires daily practice and this encourages the development of focus and discipline. Making and achieving their goals builds motivation and confidence.

My primary focus is to give my students a strong foundation of all aspects of playing a musical instrument. During my own training, around age 16, I was having trouble with the technical aspects of more advanced pieces – my hands were tense and improperly held while playing. With many years of practicing already behind me, I had to completely relearn my technique. This demonstrated to me the importance of learning good technique from day one. In addition to good technique, I believe it is crucial for beginners to be introduced to all facets of musicianship: music appreciation, rhythm, ear training, theory, sight reading, technique, expression, practice and performance. I strive to provide well-rounded training for my students.

In my studio, my students build the foundation for a great future of piano playing. My students play the kind of music that they love. We learn rhythm on drums, play games, and sometimes even hop off the bench to do a little dancing – whatever it takes to find that spark. Most importantly, I make sure my students are having fun! I hope you come by and try it out!