To enroll in the studio, please contact me for an interview. This gives us the opportunity to meet, for you to see my studio, experience my teaching style, discuss your interests and needs, and to answer any questions you may have before moving forward with lessons.
Lessons & Curriculum
Lessons will cover the basics of piano playing – rhythm, melody, and harmony. I strive to provide my students with a well-balanced curriculum that includes study of repertoire in a variety of styles, musicianship, technique, ear training, transposition, harmonization, sight reading, and performance skills. Method books and curriculum will be tailored to the individual needs and interests of each student. Every individual has a unique learning style, and my goal is to facilitate each student’s learning through an environment that encourages creativity, team work, independent thinking and problem solving. In addition to private lessons, students are offered group lessons, where students perform for each other, play piano ensemble pieces, and learn together with music games and other musical activities. Lessons are 30, 45, or 60 minutes long, depending on the age and the level of the student. Typically, young beginners take a 30 minute lesson and switch to a 45 minute lesson within one or two years. Adult beginners are recommended to take a 45 minute lesson. Please contact me for fees.
Piano lessons are a collaborative effort between teacher and student. Please don’t hesitate to call or e-mail me between lessons with any questions or concerns you may have. With a child student, this involves parents as well. It is imperative that there is good communication amongst all three parties – I will discuss my goals and expectations with each student and his or her parents, and I hope that each student and parent will do the same.
Every year, an annual recital will be held at Graves Piano & Organ Co. Students are very strongly encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to share their hard work with friends and family on world-class grand pianos in a beautiful recital hall. In the spring, each student is strongly encouraged to participate in the National Piano Guild Auditions, an adjudicated event where the student performs memorized repertoire and musicianship skills. As a member of Ohio Music Teachers Association, my students will have the opportunity to participate in OMTA student activities: festivals, competitions, recitals, masterclasses, Scale Olympics, and Pianorama.