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BS, Adelphi University, Piano Performance Edith McIntosh School of Music, Rockville Centre, NY, with Ms. Irma Harter & Ms. Rebecca Oekernman Studied with David Bradshaw, New York, NY Bryn Mawr Conservatory of Music, Bryn Mawr, PA with Laurie Ticehurst-Poole
1991 - Sperlonga Music Festival in Italy, 2nd place winner
1984-1987 - Recitalist at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, in Bradshaw & Buono Music School concerts
I began piano lessons with my mother at the age of 8. At 17 I began studies with Irma Harter at the Edith McIntosh School of Music on Long Island, New York. I earned her Bachelor's degree at Adelphi University, where I studied exclusively with acclaimed concert and recording artist David Bradshaw. I also studied with Laurie Ticehurst-Poole at the Bryn Mawr Conservatory from 1996 to 2005, where I participated in master classes. I have performed in recitals at Carnegie Hall's Weill Concert Hall, and I participated in an international piano festival.
I have been teaching for 36 years, and I love when students have fun at their lesson and are excited about their pieces. In my experience I find every student learns differently, and so I have developed various approaches to solve a wide assortment of technical problems. I have expertise in correcting those habits and problems that frustrate students and lead to performance issues. I work well and have successfully taught children diagnosed with emotional and behavioral difficulties like ADHD and anxiety disorders. I am also quite comfortable teaching adult students, and especially beginner adults.
Making lessons fun is my top priority, and I show that learning the basics and the fundamentals can be fun, if it is done correctly. For beginning students, I use John Thompson's books. Students progress through Bastien, and Burgmuller, before moving on to graduated solo repertoire. Intermediate and advanced students will work on core Classical and Romantic period piano works, while building dexterity and fluidity by playing scales, chords, and arpeggios. At all levels, I employ the Leschetizky method of relaxed wrists as the means to develop a beautiful bell-like tone.
I care about my students as people, because music must be integrated into their lives. Students relax into their lessons. There is plenty of praise and encouragement (as well as stickers and pencils!) Students proceed at their own pace, with an emphasis on core fundamentals. Lessons are fun, and rewarding, with the year end recital as the culmination of the year's work.
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