2012 - KHMTA Spring Tournament Performer (Blue Ribbon)
2016 - National Piano Guild
2017 - National Piano Guild
I am a very warm and energetic instructor— especially with the younger kids! I started piano lessons in Kingwood, Texas at the age of 9, and after graduating from Kingwood High School, I completed an Associate Degree in Music at Lone Star College. I then went on to receive a Bachelors Degree in Piano Performance at Stephen F. Austin State University in 2017, where I studied with renowned pedagogue Dr. Andrew Parr, as well as with Dr. Ping-Ting Lan. I have performed in venues in the Houston area for different organizations, including the Lake Houston Chamber of Commerce and the Porter Rotary Club, as well as in the KHMTA Piano Tournaments and for the National Piano Guild. I discovered my love for teaching piano while teaching at the SFA Music Preparatory Division in Nacogdoches, and have since taught all over Houston. I am currently a member of the Kingwood-Humble Music Teacher's Association, and joined Kingwood Music School in 2018.
My teaching experience began while studying piano performance at SFA! At first, I was a little concerned with how I would manage as a student teacher; however, as the semesters went by, I fell in love with the process. I’ve grown to learn how each student is different, not only in their personalities, but the way they process what’s in front of them. The time they take to learn their material is very important to me, and the more I see them grow, the more accomplished and proud I feel as a teacher!
For young beginners, I have come to love the Bastien Piano Basics Series. It’s fun, and loaded with colorful pictures, which is especially fitting for the little ones! However, I’ve come to find that it’s not a “one size fits all” when it comes to piano methods; I’ve used Faber’s Piano Adventures with a few of my current students, as well as Alfred’s Piano Basics. Once they complete the first few books in any of those series, I will then introduce pieces that would be considered a little more challenging in nature, and would be good for a future recital or family performance. For older students or adult students, there are methods for them as well, including ones from Bastien, Faber, and Alfred, so there’s a good variety there as well!
With the younger beginners (elementary school), I’m very, very energetic! I do my best to break it balanced; however, I strive to make the environment as fun and warm and welcoming as they would like. I pride myself on leaving every child eager to learn more! With the older beginners (middle school and high school), I keep in mind their personalities and methods of learning and processing the material, so the lesson is still warm, but more balanced in nature. The same balances goes for the adult students as well. No matter the age, I strive to find what will fuel their love for piano— as well as music overall— and keep that passion going!