Bachelor Degree: Manhattan School of Music, Master Degree: Manhattan School of Music, Teaching Certificate: Manhattan School of Music, other: University of Iowa Doctoral Studies
WNYC Young American Artist Audition Award
Quisisana Maine Audition Award
Masterwork Foundation Award
International Bach Society Award
I began studying the piano at the age of five and my preparatory training was at Juilliard. I hold B.Mus. and M.Mus. degrees from Manhattan School of Music and completed post-graduate studies at the University of Iowa. I am an award-winning concert pianist and recording artist. My two classical albums "Three More B's" and "Out of Haydn" have been aired on over 100 radio stations in the U.S. and abroad. They have garnered rave reviews from news media critics. My radio and television appearances include interviews on NY WOR-TV's JOE FRANKLIN SHOW and on WNYC-FM Radio's THE SATURDAY SHOW with JAMES IRSAY. I have appeared in recital as both soloist and collaborative artist in various venues throughout the continental U.S.
I am a thoroughly seasoned music educator. As a college student, I served on the faculties of The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and the West Manor School of Music. After graduation, I taught in the New York City public schools for a 5-year period. Additionally, I established private teaching studios in the Long Island area. I then accepted a position at Dowling College in Oakdale, NY as Adj. Professor of Music. At Dowling I taught piano, theory, insights and duo-piano courses. I also served as student-teaching supervisor and was a founder of the College's annual Spring Arts Festival. Music is as important to me as the air I breathe! Nothing gives me more satisfaction than instilling life-long appreciation of the arts in my students.
There is no single definitive teaching method series. I try to tailor the method to the individual. For the beginning student, my personal favorite series is the Diller-Quaile because it offers a gradual and steady progression from basic to more complex. Also, the material presented is far more interesting than in most other collections. For a more advanced student, I generally assess their capabilities and very often introduce them to the Bach two and three part Inventions. Of course, since I work with students at all levels, advanced pianists are introduced to a more challenging repertoire.
Nothing kills enthusiasm in the long run like rote teaching. With a complete beginner, especially a young child, an abstraction like music can be overwhelming if not presented in a structured manner. For that reason, I generally speak at length with the parents and explain that the preparation work takes several lessons. I begin by introducing young students to the keyboard and familiarize them with both black and white keys quickly. I then teach them how to read music, after which I introduce them to rhythmic notation and proper comfortable hand position at the keyboard. Now they are ready to finally look at a piece of music with basic understanding. That step by step progression instills confidence in the beginner and makes them feel accomplished.