My Goal as a Piano Instructor is:

  • to incorporate Music Theory and Technique into exciting lessons that children will look forward to.
  • to teach each student to accurately and thoroughly read music and to provide a basic understanding of all the most common musical terms.
  • to encourage, in each student, the exploration of their own unique gifts for musical expression.
  • to inspire in each student a love for music through lessons taught with patience and understanding.
  • to help each student to aquire the confidence to perform for others.
  • to promote the continual habit of daily QUALITY practice.
  • to provide positive reinforcement as each student learns new piano pieces to perform.

Method of Instruction:

Piano lessons are taught on a Yamaha Upright Piano using the Alfreds Basic Piano Library Series of lesson books. If you have a continuing student who has already started with a different series of lesson books, we can continue that series if you would prefer.

Through experience with many different piano instruction books, I have found the Alfred’s method of instruction to be excellent for children. Besides typical Lesson books from Levels 1A-Level 6, Alfred’s series also provides optional books in Ear Training, Theory, and Notespeller workbooks.

The Theory and Notespeller workbooks are a great addition to their lesson books because they reinforce note-reading through written exercises, while the Ear Training books specifically focus on the training and development of the musical ear. In addition, rhythmic, melodic and intervallic concepts are drilled throughout each ear training book.

Each student will need to buy the Alfreds basic Lesson book(unless we have chosen a different series of books), which can be purchased through me or at a local music store. I have the Ear Training book here to use with students, as well as the Theory and Notespeller books, but I would recommend that each student purchase the Notespeller and/or the Theory workbooks to be worked on at home.

To supplement piano lessons, I sometimes use flash cards to improve note-reading and to solidify my student's knowledge of piano terms and symbols.

Beyond their lessons books, I also ask each student to pick out pieces that they enjoy listening to, whether it be classical, jazz, country, rock or pop music. Encouraging a student to learn music they love, rather than only teaching them unfamiliar pieces in a lesson book, can be inspiring and motivating. It may even change their course on the path towards becoming an accomplished musician.

Musical Background:

I am a classically trained pianist through instruction with piano teachers who were who were both concert pianists and college-level music professors. I have taken college-level piano classes in music theory and group instruction, as well as college private instruction. My teaching background consists of many years of experience in teaching various activities. Most importantly, I taught piano lessons for four years in Walnut Creek, CA, and eight years in Suquamish, WA, with students ranging from Age 4 - Age 70. Before becoming a piano instructor, I gained teaching experience as a math tutor and swim instructor. Through many years of instruction, practice, and teaching my own students, I realized my true calling is to teach piano to children. Watching children build confidence and self-esteem as they learn to play the piano is very rewarding. Being a part of this process is a wonderful part of my work and I look forward to teaching piano for the rest of my life.


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"Music has a power of forming the character, and should therefore be introduced into the education
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