B.A University of Missouri-Columbia Psychology/Music/History
Performed at: Fair St. Louis Sheldon Concert Hall Whitaker Jazz Fest Loufest Circus Harmony Missouri State Fair Illinois State Fair St. Louis Zoo St. Louis Art Museum Missouri Botanical Gardens Grant’s Farm Taste of Clayton Regional Art Fairs Fairs, Festivals & Concerts in 12 other states
I have been a full-time private music teacher since 1995. One of my life’s greatest pleasures has been motivating my students to succeed and helping them to see how much fun they can have in the process. I use my training and 30+ years of performance to teach to the students’ personal interests, strengths, and learning styles that fit them best. My in-home studio is conveniently located in Crestwood Missouri and contains 2 pianos, full-sized marimba, 16 acoustic & electric stringed instruments, amplifiers, double-bass, drums and various world percussion.
I come from a family of musicians- I was encouraged to play piano as soon as I could sit up. I had formal private piano lessons for 12 years, played in the school orchestra and picked up guitar and drums in local bands. I continued to study music at Mizzou while I performed in restaurants, bars, wineries, and private parties. After graduating I got into social work with foster care and senior centers during the day while i taught private lessons and played in bands at night. Eventually I left social work to focus on music - teaching, performing, and touring around the country. Playing music at a pre-school I met my future wife, started a family, and bought a house. Primarily teaching private lessons and occasional performance has given me the flexibility to have plenty of family time.
I use both classics and popular songs to teach reading, theory, ear-training, and improvisation. I teach all of my lessons differently- custom tailoring each one to the students (and parent's) wants, needs, and personal learning style. My success in teaching has come from helping the student to see the joy and pride that comes from attaining goals they might not have believed possible. Playing music should also be fun- the more a student enjoys what they are doing the more they will play- resulting in a higher level of achievement. I also believe learning self-motivation, the discipline to practice, and resulting confidence will have positive effects in all aspects of their lives.
I have had great success in continually trying to adapt my methods to what works best for each student. This makes the lesson very personal for the student as well as very fresh and exciting for me. I have had 8 different piano teachers, varoius band directors, college professors, & personal private flamenco and jazz lessons. I have played with some of the best players in St. Louis- many of which were also university professors or symphonic performers. They all have had vastly different styles and different things to offer. I try to incorporate the best of what I have learned from them into each of my lessons.