To create a fun environment of learning. This is achieved through varied activities, e.g. playing amusing, fun, and modern music, playing along with fun accompaniments, not just playing the classics, and many other activities. I don’t believe that piano lessons should be grueling, full of finger exercises, working with a metronome until you can’t stand it anymore. Piano lessons should be fun and it’s usually fun because of the music you play!
To instill how to play the piano efficiently. Playing piano is like dancing. There’s choreography and fluid motion. There’s minimal movement in order to get the job done. I believe that it is my role to guide the student on how to play the right way.
To lay down the foundation for solid music theory. When you understand how the foundation works, you can build on it.
- Merit Music Program, Chicago, IL, teacher: Ann Monaco
- Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen, MI, teacher: Viktoria Mushkatkol
- Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, teacher: Edward Auer
- Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY,Teacher: Rebecca Penneys
- University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Urbana, IL, Teachers: William Heiles and Kenneth Drake
- Waukesha County Conservatory of Music, Hartland, WI (present)
- Lake Country Conservatory, Oconomowoc, WI (present)
- Southern Nevada Music (2 yrs.)
- University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, preparatory program (3 yrs.)
- Champaign, IL private teacher (5 yrs.)
- Indian Landing Elementary School, Rochester, NY (2 yrs.)
- Rochester, NY private teacher (2 yrs.)