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Master of Music in Piano Performance Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pa. Master of Arts in Applied Women's Studies concentration in music Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, Ca. Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance (ABD) West Virginia Univerisity, Morgantown, W.Va. Lessons and/or Master Classes with: Gyorgy Sandor, Mischa Dichter Eugene List, Eunice Norton, Ferguson Webster, Stewart Gordon and Thomas Mastroanni. Organ lessons with Dr. Carey Robertson: Claremont United Church of Christ, Claremont, Ca. Harpsichord lessons with Dr. Preethi di Silva: Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, Ca.
Two-time winner in International Bartok/Kabalevsky Competition
Winner: Pittsburgh Concert Society, Pittsburgh Pa.
Swiger Doctoral Fellowship: West Virginia University, Morgantown, W.Va.
Scholarship to intensiive two-week graduate program in sacred music: University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana
I began piano study at the age of 5 and began teaching privately at a young age. I have taught piano and been staff accompanist at Chatham College in Pittsburgh, Pa. and Fairmont State University in Fairmont, W.Va. I am a member of: Music Teachers Association of California, Music Teachers' National Association, National Guild of Piano Teachers, American Guild of Organists, AFM, Local 47. She is a founding teacher for the Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory: The Achievement Program. I adjudicate for MTAC, MTNA, NGPT, SYMF and other California festivals and competitions. I present lecture/recitals on women composers and their music at a variety of conferences throughout the United States and had the privilege of premiering the First Piano Sonata by Nancy Van de Vate at the 2001 Amalfi Music Festival in Italy.
I have been teaching piano for more than 25 years and my students have been prize winners in local competitions and festivals as performers and composers. Former students have gone on to attend universities such as Cornell, Columbia, Brown and other well known colleges. I am an experienced church organist and accompanist for vocal and instrumental soloists as well as choirs. I am an experienced chamber musician and am the founder and pianist of the Papillons Piano Trio which performs locally.
I use a variety of methods and tries to match the method to the personality of the student. Some of my favorite beginning methods are Faber & Faber, the Music Tree and Bastien. I try to get the student into actual repertoire as quickly as possible and like to use familiar folk tunes as a gateway to more traditional classical music. I try to assess what type of music the student listens to and find pieces that they enjoy and will be motivated to practice. I encourage them to participate in recitals, competitions and evaluations such as Certificate of Merit, the Music Development Program and the National Guild of Piano Teachers. I am always seeking a better way to help the progress and love music.
As with methods, I do not have one lesson style. My approach with a three year old is different than with a seventy year old. I am detailed in my critiques, but patient, positive, and creative with explanations. My goal is for the students to learn to love and appreciate music and for them to use it not as a short term goal, but as something they can live with and enjoy for the rest of their lives. I sets appropriate goals with recitals, festivals and examinations to both motivate and encourage students, ensuring that they have a positive experience.
We love Jamie. The pace has been perfect for me, and I am enjoying the music book that I am learning from.
Fantastic teacher, creative and positive, has built a great rapport with my son and has helped him love music!
Ms. Jamie is incredibly patient yet firm with our 5-year old daughter, and she knows how to encourage her when she gets a little frustrated. Ms. Jamie is a superb piano teacher!
We love Mrs Jamie. She is my son's piano teacher. She knows the weakness and strength of each individual student and give them appropriate teaching and materials accordingly. So students get to learn music more comprehensively instead of just merely playing the piano. We appreciated her teaching and patience to my son!
She is amazing. she help my daughter correct her favorite song. My daughter feel that she is the one we looking for .
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