Over the past 30 years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with all kinds of students, from toddlers to retirees, beginners through advanced, along with coaching other piano teachers. I’ve found that every student is unique and learns best when taught with a customized approach that considers their personal goals, strengths, and weaknesses.
I work with my students to find music that will be challenging and enjoyable, while also helping them build a solid technical foundation in piano rudiments. Since a pianist’s physical approach will have a great impact on their ability to play effortlessly and without pain, I emphasize proper posture, hand position, and techniques that have grown out of modern ergonomic approaches.
Piano pedagogy has developed over many centuries and I carry with me what I learned from my teachers, what they learned from their teachers, and so on, stretching back generations. I have a great appreciation for this long history of piano teaching, and yet I also love finding new teaching innovations I can share with my students. For example, one new addition to my studio that I’m very excited about is the Apple iPad. It has been a great teaching aid. When a student is working through a difficult passage or trying to correct posture or hand position, the iPad allows me to film them and then let them watch themselves in action. Some challenges, which in the past might have taken many lessons to resolve, can be resolved almost immediately with the instant visual feedback on the iPad.
Playing the piano is a wonderful form of expression that draws on mind, body, and spirit. I feel so fortunate that I’ve been able to spend my life sharing this challenging and fulfilling artform with others. If you are considering piano lessons, please give me a call or send me an email if you have any questions or would like to arrange a trial lesson. You can visit my studio policy page for more information about pricing, scheduling, and other details.
My studio is located in Albuquerque’s Northwest Quadrant and looks out onto the scenic Petroglyph National Monument. It’s truly an inspiring place to learn piano.
I look forward to making music with you!