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BS, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
MD, Poznan University of Medical Sciences
I am a graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges and I'm passionate about teaching students in a way that will give them the tools to be successful in any genre of music they are interested in! I gained experience playing the piano through taking private lessons for about fourteen years with numerous prominent pianists such as Paul Bisaccia in the US as well as in Europe. I have been teaching for two years and have been able to find a way to help my students reach their potential with personalized techniques. I look forward to working with you!
I have been teaching piano for about two years. I like to focus on building a solid foundation for concepts surrounding music theory as those are essential to mastering piano playing techniques. For my younger students, I particularly like to focus on building good practicing habits and helping them learn how to be self starting and disciplined. I've always believed that learning an instrument is a life tool, not just a hobby! Being a diligent student in something that you love can translate to all aspects of your life. Whether you're someone looking to prepare for an audition or someone just looking to enrich your life, I'm here to help with that as well!
I like to begin with the basics of piano playing technique, sight reading, and music theory. In order to be a successful piano player, one must be proficient in all of these! I like to assign music by the second or third lesson, depending on the student's readiness and ability. I typically assign one classical and/or one pop song, depending on the student's interest. I start with two genres because I find that playing something that the student hears on the radio can make it difficult to apply the techniques they are learning in lessons with me. Eventually, the student can choose a song of their liking that falls under the classical, jazz or pop genre. The goal of my lessons is to have fun and explore new things, and to learn how to play in a way that can be sustained for life!
I love seeing my students learn and progress! That's why the student and I set goals for the student, whether it's learning a new song, practicing a certain amount of minutes a week, or auditioning for something like a musical or talent show! Setting small goals like these helps the student feel accomplished, and want to continue to work on their new found skills. I find that goal setting keeps the student interested and engaged in the long run. By setting these goals with my students, I can understand what they are most interested in learning, which will help me customize my lesson plan for them.
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