2009 - Winner, University of Rochester River Campus Concerto Competition
2006 - Pianist, Chautauqua Institution Piano Program
2005 - Performed with New Jersey Youth Symphony at Richardson Auditorium
I am an experienced pianist in classical music and musical theatre. I debuted at Richardson Auditorium with the New Jersey Youth Symphony and performed at the Chautauqua Institution Piano Program as a pianist. I have won the University of Rochester River Campus Concerto Competition. I hold a M.M. in Piano Performance from Montclair State University. I have had the opportunity to collaborate in amateur musical groups and am currently a singer with Voices of Praise. I am also an experienced amateur violinist.
I have taught beginner piano for one semester using method books such as Alfred and am familiar with piano technique, having been trained in the Taubman Method of piano playing. I am an advocate for injury prevention in my piano teaching. Having performed in competitions, I am dedicated to a student's success and able to advise regarding issues of motivation, performance anxiety, and musician's health. I bring a sense of humor too and care about each student no matter what is their age or ability.
I am familiar with the Bastien, Alfred's, and Faber books of piano pedagogy. I tailor the lessons to the student's interests and goals. I also incorporate principles of the Taubman Method to ensure injury-free piano playing. I assign repertoire that is appropriate for the student's ability. Incorporating lessons on technique, ear training, theory, sight-reading, and the musical affect of a piece, I see my job as presenting the piano as an instrument for creative self-expression. For adult students, I make learning the piano enjoyable.
I approach teaching with prepared lesson plans and observations. The student can expect a holistic method of teaching. Therefore I treat each student as an individual learner with his/her own personality and interests. I progress through lessons at the student's pace, sequentially, and stress the connection between practice and performance. I work with each student to care for their technique and try to demonstrate connections between the music and what they already know. I try to get the student excited about the instrument too.