Good teaching creates a lifelong desire to learn. I achieve this by learning students’ goals, providing the tools needed to pursue them, and by making the journey to achieving them an enjoyable experience. When students develop a passion for learning, their progress increases. I use this momentum to push students to their limits and to inspire them to aspire to attain greater forms of accomplishment.
In my music studio, I foster the “whole” musician, meaning that each student will develop a variety of musical skills, such as improvisation, playing by ear, and composing. These skills are vital to achieving growth. With this in consideration, I welcome any musical interest into my music studio. Whether students have pop star ambitions, classical competition goals, or film music appreciation, studying piano and “whole” musicianship helps them to understand music and explore it in innovative ways.
About Me and My Studio
In all my work, I achieve high-quality results by striving for perfection, but remaining light-hearted and flexible. My flexibility allows each unique student to find their niche, and my light-heartedness makes learning fun! I give students many opportunities to share their unique progress; recently, some of my students performed in my Master’s degree lecture-recital, which included all original compositions.
Fun and flexibility are important, but so are credentials. I received a master’s degree in piano performance pedagogy at Arizona State University (ASU), and a bachelor’s degree in piano performance and music education from the Crane School of Music at State University of New York Potsdam. Apart from degrees, in the past ten years alone, I have taught private lessons, piano masterclasses, ASU group piano classes, ASU Prep Program students, K-12 music ensembles, a collegiate jazz choir, college vocal students, and more. Currently, I work for the internationally renowned Faber Piano Adventures, arranging pop hits for the PreTime to BigTime Hits books. I also publish pedagogical piano pieces through the FJH Music Company Inc.
As a member of Arizona State Music Teachers Association (ASMTA) and Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), I can offer students performance and competition opportunities, and I can participate in professional development activities. At organization conferences, I present frequently on music technology and innovative teaching. Recently, at the 2018 Collegiate Piano Pedagogy Symposium, I placed in a “best idea” competition, and the organization invited me to repeat another presentation at the 2018 MTNA National Conference. Currently, I serve as the ASMTA Honors Recital Chair, organizing a competition which occurs during the ASMTA state conference.
As a musician, I am forever learning to be a “jack of all trades.” In my performances, I perform difficult classical piano works, sing Billboard Top 100 pop songs, feature guest student performances, and perform original compositions. Separately, I have placed in classical competitions, produced a Pop Song album for iTunes, played and sang with a variety of bands, and composed piano pieces for students of all levels.
If you are looking for a unique, quality education, then look no further. Visit the Contact Me page to set up a time to meet and talk. I am delighted by your interest in my studio!