Beginner to advanced
5 year olds and up (reading age)
Beginning adults and those returning-to-the-piano
Music theory, sight reading, ear training
Solid keyboard fundamentals
Classical curriculum plus options for popular, jazz, religious, duet and 2-piano music
Winter and spring recitals
Side-by-side studio grand pianos
Studio hours: 9 am to 7 pm
When considering a younger child's readiness for lessons, their reading level and ability to focus is critical. Many high school students enjoy adding music to their busy lives (visit my Soundcloud tracks to hear samples). Young and old can and should take up the piano for all it's benefits. Fun, interesting, and well-paced lesson material are keys to success.
Music will always be an important part of my life. From my youth I looked for every opportunity to spend time on the piano. And my music education is ongoing. Although I hold degrees in piano performance and sacred music, I continue to learn and grow as a pianist.
There is so much music to learn - it can lead you down a "rabbit trail" you never imagined! With piano as my first and forever love, my rabbit trail lead to learning the string bass in 6th grade. That lead to playing in orchestras, bands, small string and small jazz ensembles. Ensemble experiences helps me as a choir director, directing choirs of all ages in church and schools. The ensemble experience helps me be a better piano accompanist for soloists, and choirs. Currently I apply my piano skills to honing my own skills by continued work on the works of great composers, teaching privately, playing for high school students in UIL competitions and church services, weddings/funerals. With so many virtual events, I have learned much about the technology to make that happen. I also record accompaniments for students to use in UIL competition.
I love teaching students the abilities they need to be involved with music. My hope is that when they leave me they have the desire to continue broadening their love for music and especially the piano throughout their lives. To find their own "rabbit trails."
To be effective in my teaching I aim to establish a comfortable but challenging learning pace based on student's inherent abilities and musical interests in mind. Fundamental skills such as note reading, sight reading, theory, ear-training, techniques of the masters, playing styles of the different musical time periods, a playing knowledge of chords, and music history will equip them for a life of music. With these skills one can easily add light jazz, popular and sacred music, as the student prefers. With 2 grand pianos I happily offer two-piano repertoire as well as concerti - a valuable ensemble experience.
I assist students in choice and preparation of music for special school or church events. The students perform in studio recitals: spring and winter plus the annual Summer's End Recital. Students have the option of participating in festivals and events hosted by the Austin District Music Assn. and Texas Music Teachers Assn.
My two Pembroke Welsh corgis, Piper and Bigby, are my other passion! Piper loves students and stays nearby as they play their music. Bigby is shy but you might catch a glimpse of him every now and then! Morley, my cat, occasionally comes in the studio to see what's happening.
Those who become musicians express music from their hearts. Composer Ralph Vaughan Williams said, "The art of music above all the other arts is the expression of the soul of a nation." May the art of the piano bring beauty to the soul of our nation.