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George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Music Studies 2002-2005 Professional studies in music. Piano studies with Marilyn Garst and Alice N. Mikolajewski. Ear training, music history, sight signing, and other focused studies. • Semester performances • Level 6 piano technique • Honor Student • Advanced performance study
GW Award for Piano Performance
I know how difficult it can be to find a reliable teacher that focuses on Piano for Kids. Teachers need to be able to motivate and guide students towards success. As an experienced and passionate Piano Teacher, I believe in an approach that gives students positive, constructive ways to learn. I design my lessons according to my students’ needs, with an emphasis on confidence-boosting activities.
I specialize in Beginners Piano Lessons, and know how to reach my students with the right balance of personalized attention, patience, practical training, and positive encouragement. I make learning fun through a variety of engaging and outside-the-box activities. Get in touch today to schedule a lesson at your convenience.
Sometimes all it takes to really understand the material is a considerate instructor who knows how to teach at your pace. Having worked with students throughout Northern Virginia since 2000, I bring a depth of professional experience and knowledge to those who are eager to expand their minds, talents, and skills.
I am passionate about musical education. It is my belief that music is a gift to be shared - not just between instructor and student but also between the student and their community. I teach my students both how to play by ear and by sight (reading) - not many teachers can do both. Each of my students learn both methods so that they can find where their strengths are and use them accordingly.
My preferred piano method is Piano Adventures and I recommend using the Lesson, Theory, and Sight Reading books at each level. For guitar and voice I typically do not follow any specific method unless the student has a preference.
For more advance piano students I typically will begin using Suzuki or move them to Burgmüller Etudes and Schumann's Opus 68 - Album for the Young. I perform an assessment of new students in the areas of sight reading, music theory, rhythm, performance, and ear training. Based on this assessment I develop a lesson plan that focuses on the areas in which the student requires the most attention.
I am very easy to work with and incorporate FUN into my lessons. My primary goal is to see my students enjoying music and liking what they are doing. This will get them to work more towards their goals as they grow through adolescence and into high school and college. Since each student is different I try to focus on reading their reactions to the material in order to to determine what they are understanding and what they are not. This allows me to adapt my communication style to meet their needs, and, provide the most efficient way of communicating with them.
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