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Studied piano privately in Philadelphia starting at age 8, continuing to age 15. Studied flute privately in West Chester for 2 years, after already performing professionally on piano.
Including my playing Piano & Flute, solo and with my husband, I built up my husband’s existing music business in less than 5 years.
I have been playing and teaching professionally for 32 years. I perform approximately 50 gigs per month on piano and flute as a soloist or duo with my husband (who is a teacher and performer on classical guitar, also in the Musika family). I have enjoyed classical music since childhood and would be in awe of anyone with musical ability. I am happy to now be able to play pieces that I thought could only be played by people with exceptional ability. My moto is, “if there’s a will, there’s a way.”
I started teaching from my home in 1976. I have been teaching at a studio near my home since 1999. I have taught from ages five to sixty-eight, from beginner to advanced. Some of my former students are now professional pianists. I took up the flute in 1985 in order to work with my husband, a classical guitarist, and we have been making beautiful music together. I have also been playing duets with myself bh means of my keyboard which has the ability to record and play back. I pre-record the music and play it back with the flute. I have a sample DVD which can be forwarded on request.
I use the following method books, depending on the age and ability of the student: Alfred, Bastian and John Thompson. For younger students (under eight years old) I usually use the Alfred all in one book.. for older children, I use the Bastian set of four books: piano performance, technic and theory. For adults and teenagers, I use the Alfred all in one adult method book. For gifted students, I use the John Thompson book (the one I learned from). All of these books cover the same skill sets.
I teach half hour lessons and instruct the student on good reading habits, how to practice and perform, encouraging them to bring in any supplemental music they are working on at school or on the internet. The importance of practice cannot be over emphasized, nor can the encouragement (nagging!!) Of an interested parent. A student cannot learn an instrument just by coming to lessons. The teacher's role is to guide, correct and instruct the student on what to do at home to truly become a musician.
Cindy is a great teacher. She is very patient and knows what she is talking about. She is also very pleasant and kind during our lessons.
Our daughter has multiple disabilities, including Asperger’s, ADHD and OCD. Cindy met the challenge of teaching NiKki piano well. She never felt pressured. Cindy has a way of encouraging but not pushing. She adjusted if NiKki was having a bad day. We highly recommend Cindy as a piano teacher!
My 5 year old son is taking Piano lessons from Cindy for last one month. She is a wonderful teacher and very much kids friendly. Within this short period of time my son has learnt a lot and doing a good progress. Most of all, earlier he was not that much interested in piano, however, under Cindy's supervision he is very much interested in learning new things and loves to play piano a lot.
I had the joy of taking piano lessons with Cindy a few years ago and it was a great experience. Besides the lesson being fun I was taught to read musical notes very well and with much patience. So I could progress at my own speed but also have my talents drawn out. It amazed me any style of music or tempo she can play and teach her students to do the same. I would highly recommend Cindy for anyone wanting to learn piano.
Cindy is a great teacher. She is patient and remains calm no matter the situation. She helped our son fine tune his self-taught skills, teaching him proper technique. She was instrumental in his advancement with his piano career. So much so, that he was given solo performances in high school even though he wasn't part of the orchestra or band. Thank you Cindy for all your hard work!
Excellent with children and adults. A very impressive player and (more importantly) a very patient and competent instructor.
My elementary aged daughter has been receiving piano lessons from Cindy weekly for over a year. She has progressed tremendously with the guidance of Cindy. The pair did not skip a beat when going virtual became the option to continue. My daughter looks forward to her weekly lessons and loves to show off her piano skills to family and friends. Cindy is a wonderful teacher and we are so lucky to have found her!
Cindy is patient but knows her stuff. She explains the instrument in a way that's not intimidating and makes you excited to play. I always look forward to my lessons with her.
Cindy is an outstanding teacher. She can teach students of any age and of varying skill levels, and has the patience and know-how to help the student progress as their level of skill allows. I have taken piano lessons with her, but from time-to-time she has played her flute along with the song I was playing on the piano - so I know that she is excellent on the flute as well. I highly recommend her, whether considering lessons for a child or for yourself as an adult.
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