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I am a passionate and dedicated classical pianist and piano teacher. I have been playing the piano for most of my life, and teaching for the last two years. I have degrees in psychology and music from the University of Washington in Seattle. In university, I was selected by audition to receive private one-on-one piano instruction, and performed regular recitals. I have studied with concert pianists across the world, most recently with internationally recognized pianist Aaron Pilsan in Berlin. Classical music is my area of expertise. I have a particular interest in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. However, I am also trained in jazz and enjoy helping students learn music of all kinds of genres.
My journey into piano teaching began 2 years ago when I started working with a few adult learners. Since then I have had the opportunity to work with kids and adults of all ages and levels. Teaching is something I find incredibly rewarding and take very seriously. Watching a student progress and gain confidence is something that brings me joy and satisfaction. It is my job as a teacher to make learning fun and engaging, while providing support and guidance to a student as they progress on their own individualized learning path.
For young learners, I teach using Nancy and Randal Faber's Piano Adventures. For adults, I use the all-in-one Faber adult book. However, as early as possible, I like to get outside of the book and get a student learning a song they love. When it comes to learning piano (especially in the beginning), fun is a critical ingredient for success. In my lessons, I work with students through a lesson book, on repertoire they are interested outside the lesson book, on technique, music theory, and anything a student is interested in or curious about.
I foster a fun and supportive learning environment. In addition, it is important to me that my lessons are student led. Rather than dictate to students exactly what and how they should practice, I always use my students' curiosity as a guide, and work on what is most interesting to them. For young learners, I do everything possible to make the learning environment as fun and engaging as possible, practically not even introducing the concept of a mistake until around 1 year of lessons. I make a strong effort to provide lots of praise and encouragement when students succeed, and kindly help students focus in on areas where they could use some improvement. I am always open to questions and feedback from students.
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