I am a pianist and teacher living in Eugene, with a studio in the south university area. My teaching experience ranges from age four to adults, and I am equally comfortable working with beginners, recreational musicians, and students wishing to enter competitions or audition for university programs. My background includes fifteen years of teaching, including four years as an instructor at the University of Oregon. Prior to moving to Eugene, I was a faculty member at the Chopin Academy of Music outside of Seattle, one of the region's top music schools for pre-college students.
I believe that music is a unique and essential way that we communicate and relate to the world around us. I value a studio with a diversity of students and student goals, and enjoy working with students and parents to learn music in a way that is meaningful to them. I think that the piano is an excellent gateway into a lifelong exploration of music, and encourage my students to be curious, to ask questions, and to discover the ways that music interests them the most.
Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from Whitworth University
Masters of Music in Piano Pedagogy from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance with a secondary study in Piano Pedagogy from the University of Oregon
I teach weekly private lessons of varying lengths, with 45 minutes being the most common lesson for many students. My students practice nearly every day, and I work in lessons to make sure that both students and parents have the tools they need to be successful at home.
I believe that a student's enjoyment in piano is largely related to their growth and comfort at the instrument. Therefore, my approach features a variety of different music, healthy technique, sight-reading, and creative activities such as improvisation. I choose unique music for each student based on their interests and goals. I want to see each student grow and succeed to the best of their personal ability.
My studio is located across the street from South Eugene High School, just south of the University of Oregon, and I teach on a wonderful grand piano that students really enjoy.
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