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Master of Music CSUN -1980
Bachelor of Arts Chicago Musical College1958
1946- performed with the Chicago Symphony
1955- Rudolph Ganz scholarship
Member of MTAC since 1977.
I love working with both young people and adults. I feel that I get to know my student and try to work within their capabilities. I stress reading . The first year I try to build a strong foundation, teaching rhythm as well as notes and I work with everyone as an individual, learning their strenghths to better teach them, I am still a performer and so I teach my students How to Play. I know the pitfalls and I teach them how to practice to get the most out of their time. I do give a free first lesson
I have been playing the piano since the age of 8. I always loved learning new music and I try to pass that love on to my students. I work with them to practice efficiently and to bring out the best in them. I love working with adults as well as children and about half of my class are adults. I try to have a good sense of humor with all my students. I can work with them on theory is they want it and stress learning to read notes well. I started teaching at eleven and have continued even while raising my own family.
For me, reading notes is essential, because it opens up the entire musical literature. So that is what I start with. Counting is equally important, so I start with that as soon as possible. I usually work with Bastien Technique. I like the way the book is organised. In addition I give pieces for them to learn, according to their difficulty. I always plat the pieces first to make sure the student will enjoy working on the piece. Sometimes ti is difficult to please the student, but I keep trying until they are happy. I had one boy who would only play pieces if they were in a major key. It took two years before he would finally agree to do a piece in the minor key. It was hard to keep him happy but he studied with me for years before they moved toNorthern Ca.
I started teaching at 11. People heard me play, and they wanted their children to learn. I found that I loved teaching and when I went to college I took the pedagogy course. I found it totally inadequate. It did not teach you how to deal with your student or their parents. I want my students to learn and although most will have music as a hobby I want everyone to play the best they possibly can. My teaching style is loose. I let the student play something they want if I possibly can. The trouble is that most students don't know what they want so I try to expose them to as many different composers as I can.
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