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Bergen Community College, Paramus NJ
2015-Today-Performing at the Lafayette Theater in Suffern NY
Music has been a big part of my life as long as I can remember.I have been playing the piano and organ for over forty years.I love teaching and performing. I took private lessons for about seventeen years from five different instructors. I went to Bergen Community college in NJ for music. I am currently performing at a theater in Suffern NY playing the theater organ before the movies on Saturday evenings. I have been playing their for two years now and really love it! My favorite part about teaching is sharing my love of music with my students.
I have been teaching for over thirty years. I have enjoyed every minute of it. I feel very fortunate to have a job that really doesn't feel like work because I enjoy it so much. I have taught in many music stores over the years. I have taught group classes as well as private lessons. I have put on recitals for my students. When I teach a student I teach a little differently for every student because every student is different and everyone has a different ability. From my experience in teaching to keep a student interested you have to find what they want out of their lessons and what they want to accomplish and then I customize my lessons from there.
I have almost every beginner piano method book available. I do not go by just one piano method book page by page. I find this method very boring for the student. What I do is make a copy of each song or exercise from different books that I have that I think is better for the individual student. Each student is so different and after I get to know them I will know how to teach them so they will have fun and enjoy learning music. I always tell my students you have to learn how to crawl before you walk so true before you can play your favorite song.
I love to see my students progress and see how excited they are about what they have learned. I do love my beginner students because they see how music can be so much fun. What I do enjoy is after they have learned the basics of the piano I can finally teach them that song they love so much that probably got them to learn the piano in the first place. What I can do is arrange any song to make it either easier so they can play it or make it harder so it sounds so much better than it is written on the page.
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