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Masters Degree: Teachers College Columbia University
Teaching Artist Certificate Program, Teachers College
2019 Teachers College Teaching Artist Certificate Program Scholarship
I am excited about teaching Musika piano students. My passion to teach and share what I know about playing the piano comes from my experience as a child. At 7 years old I started taking formal piano lessons. I ended up going to college and majoring in Piano Performance. Performing in Europe came next for me after competing as a classical pianist. Now, I write my own solo piano pieces. I want to inspire my students to do the same--fall in love with practicing and playing the piano, find your own musical voice and reach for the stars!
My favorite college piano teacher graduated from Juilliard. Both my grade school piano teacher and my undergraduate piano professor graduated from Columbia University Teachers College. Because of my teachers' inspiration and encouragement, I came to New York City too. They believed in me and thought I had what it took to make it in New York. Once I arrived in New York I began to follow in their footsteps. I discovered that it was because of Dr. Robert Pace, professor emeritus at Teachers College that I learned to play the piano well using the Pace Method. I now try to share this method with students who want to study a multi-key approach.
My methods include a combination of the Pace Method, Alfred, Bastien, Faber and Hal Leonard Methods, and most recently the Helen Marlais method for succeeding at the piano. For students that are really serious about achievement and study, I am able to work with them to take the ABRSM exams. Sometimes parents want to give their children the experience of setting high musical goals, working toward musical deadlines and reaching a high standard of achievement at the piano. ABRSM works well for this. For students who want a more recreational and fun approach to playing, I can offer methods for this too.
Recreational music making is alive and well. I remember coming across my first teaching experience where students wanted to abandon the printed page and just sit down and play from their hearts. For them, it was all about learning to play by chords and by ear. This approach changed my initial teaching style dramatically. I found myself with a roster of 80 students who mostly wanted to play for fun--hymns, gospel tunes, folk songs, patriotic songs, holiday music and happy birthday. Nowadays, I approach music as either fun or serious. For the recreational music maker I can help open up a new world by working at their own pace. For the students who want to play scales, arpeggios, finger-exercises, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin and Brahms I can set up a plan that will move them toward that goal. I see myself as a flexible, fun and firm teacher.
Ms. Carol P. is extremely patient with both my kids, ages 15 and 11. She is extremely encouraging and I find they are both stretching themselves and learning so much about music!
Carol is a wonderfully patient teacher. She caters to my daughters specific learning needs. We look forward to many more lessons!
Carol is excellent teacher.
Awesome teacher and very knowledgeable!!!
My daughter loves Carol. She’s a very patient teacher. She would take her time teaching. She would ask what kind of music interest you to enjoy the learning process more fun. Also she’s extremely on time which is important to us. Another plus because there are times we have other things to do right after. Would def recommend her to others who is looking for a piano teacher.
In addition to her training, experience and intellect, I appreciate Carol’s calm and gentle yet kind and fun approach with my son. SHe communicates clearly and effectively for this age. And when he hit a sort of roadblock at the fifth lesson, she took the time to discuss this with me at length to troubleshoot things we could correct, improve, and optimize. I find her to be a very honest, professional and bright musician and teacher. I’m grateful we found her.
Carol is able to match the pace and requirement of our daughter and has good experience in teaching piano to kids at all levels
Carol is an excellent teacher, great with adults as well as young children. Has an individual approach and is very patient. Highly recommend her.
Carol is a great musician, I learned a lot from her knowledge from what I expected.
My daughter enjoys having Ms. Carol P. as a teacher. I see good improvement in her piano skills, but more than that, she has become much more enthusiastic about practice since Carol started teaching her. In her quiet calm way, Ms. Carol P. is getting through to her and making her enjoy learning to play the piano. I highly recommend her.
She is quite patient and very knowledgeable.
She is terrific with my child.
Carol has been wonderful for our son! He now gets very excited when he is about to have a lesson with her. She is extremely patient with him and holds his attention for the entire lesson. I see a huge difference now for how my son approaches the piano and his lessons, versus with his previous teacher. So I am really thankful to have found Carol.
Amazing............ Carol is great with keeping my sons attention. My son can read simple music notes even after the first 2 lessons. Carol is engaging, kind and warm. My son really looks forward to meeting with her for his lessons. Thank you so much Carol.
She is nice and fun to be with. My son love her.
My daughter is liking her new music teacher.
Carol P. is a great teacher. She changes her style of teaching to fit the student and is patient and encouraging.
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