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Bachelor's in Music: Music Therapy
Certificate in Beginner Piano Pedagogy
I am a Music Therapist that also has a passion for teaching the piano. Learning to play the piano as a child was so beneficial mentally and emotionally, and it created a positive outlet for me during all seasons of life. I continued my studies at Arizona State University under the instruction of world-renown pianist Walter Cosand. During my time in college, I played professionally with my brother and we recorded 2 albums together. I have been a piano instructor for over 7 years, and continue to perform locally as well.
I began taking piano lessons at age 8, competed in concerto competitions in high school, and continued my studies at ASU. As a child, I told myself that I never wanted to become a piano teacher, but a friend in college asked me for lessons, and my love for teaching blossomed from there! I've taught at music academies, group lessons, trio & duo lessons, but I prefer one-on-one lessons. I find that it's important to build a positive rapport with my students, making their experience fun & educational. I teach 45 & 60 minute lessons, ideally once a week, and give opportunities for my students to showcase their growth at recitals. I prefer students to begin piano lessons once they are able to read, and I love teaching adults.
For beginners, it's important to build from a solid foundation, so I emphasize on creating a strong understanding of musical concepts. From there, the student is able to decide on the direction they would like to move towards, classical, pop, etc. I typically teach through the Alfred methods, but am also flexible & have experience from teaching through additional materials that work best for the student. For students with previous musical experience, we decide together if the student would like to continue with their current curriculum or move in a different direction. I also have experience in music theory and songwriting.
I believe the most important aspect of learning an instrument is enjoying it! Taking up a new instrument can be very enjoyable, but it is also a long-term commitment. The goal for the studio is to produce life-long musicians that will come to cherish and appreciate music and find joy in playing an instrument. My love for teaching is displayed through my commitment to each and every student, giving them the knowledge that they need in order to succeed. Music not only engages the mind, but also strengthen motor skills, provides an outlet for communication, and improves overall quality of life.
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