As a performer and piano teacher, I know no greater joy than sharing the beauty of music. I believe every person has the potential to make music, and I will work tirelessly to help my students find the path to their greatest success. My teaching style is flexible, student-centered and effective. My lessons are infused with creativity and fun. I enjoy teaching both children and adults, and have had wonderful experiences working with special needs students.
Students will work to develop a strong foundation in the areas of reading music, technique, musicianship and interpretation of classical and/or popular repertoire.
Students will develop physical skills that will allow them to express themselves creatively and musically.
Students will set and realize goals, including participation in both formal and informal performances.
Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, University of North Texas, 1987
Master of Music in Piano Performance, University of Miami, 1992
Laura also completed all but her dissertation (ABD) for a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Miami.
1987 to the present, Private Piano Teacher
2015 to the present, Music Director at Unity of the Valley in Eugene, OR
2001-2015, on the faculty at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ
Piano, in both group and private settings
Accompanist for the Music & Theatre Department
Performing chamber music concerts
2004-2015, Music Director at Unity by the Shore in Neptune City, NJ
1994-2000, Co-founder, Director and Principal Teacher of Keyboard for Kids at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL
Keyboard for Kids was the Preparatory Piano Department at the University of Miami, offering piano and theory instruction (including music appreciation) to 140 students, providing college pedagogy students with hands-on teaching experience, and supplying a valuable source of community outreach to the University.
“Words cannot even begin to express how fortunate we feel to have had our children, Nick and Kendall, start their journeys in music with you.
Thank you for sharing your extensive knowledge of piano and music with our children. Thank you for your positive and gentle encouragement and
specific, detailed, and helpful weekly lesson notes. Thank you for providing our kids a solid foundation in music theory, literacy, musicianship,
and technique. Thank you for exposing our kids to high quality and varied repertoire, and thank you for providing them with so many performance
opportunities. Laura, you are an incredible teacher and musician. You have inspired our children to love and understand music, and have given Nick
and Kendall a set of skills and understanding that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.”
“I’m not really sure I have enough words to express my gratitude and the appreciation I have for you. I cannot have asked for a better piano teacher
and person to be my teacher. Your kindness toward myself and my family has been incredible. Your gentleness and patience during lessons has motivated
me to keep learning and playing. You always made me feel like you believed in me and my abilities. I also know that teaching me and your other students
has not just been a job but truly a passion. The love you have for your students is real. You are the best, Laura! Thank you for all you have done for me!”
“Playing the piano is the only hobby I have stuck to for over ten years, and that is all in part to the tireless work of Ms. Laura.
I started taking lessons from her hwn I was 5 years old, and I did not know those lessons would change my life. From her I learned
about the art of making music, but I also learned about discipline, determination, as well as respect for others and the community.
In the past decade I have gained from knowledge and skills from playing the piano, as well as a lifelong mentor in Ms. Laura.”
“You have nurtured my love of music in ways I never imagined possible. I will be forever grateful.”
Panel Presentation on Creative Ways to Teach Music featuring Ron Sticka, Nick Reiser, and Paul Safar
Place: First Congregational Church, Eugene
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