I hold a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Salem College, graduating cum laude with awards in both music theory and composition. Upon graduating, I established and have maintained a successful private piano studio, teaching all levels and ages, from 5 to adult.
In addition to teaching full-time, I also am an internationally published composer of teaching literature. My publishers include: Frederick Harris, Alfred, and Hal Leonard. Many of my pieces won composition awards and are featured on various contests lists. I have conducted workshops in the U.S. and Canada showcasing my original music and sharing my experience with other teachers about using composition in the studio to teach practical theory and creative musical thinking.
As a long time member of the national, state and local MTNA organizations, I served as president of the Greensboro Music Teacher’s Association and adjudicated many area festival performance events. I served as director of the Salem College Community School for six years from 1996-2003.
My primary goal as a piano instructor is to help students learn how to read and understand music in order to develop a lifetime skill and love of all music. Music is easy for me to explain to others because it has always made such perfect sense to me. The great thing about private lessons is that they can be tailored to each student individually, letting everyone move at different speeds and often in different directions.
I run an efficient studio with three full size pianos and a studio keyboard lab. I try to make music study fun and varied with games and challenges. I designed my own technique, theory and rhythm series to document student growth. Young students have opportunities for performance and composition throughout the year. In the summer we change our routine and explore a particular area of music — for example, duets or popular music — and work to build and maintain our learned repertoire. I also offer a short program for parents of students in the summer as a refresher or beginner course as well as short courses on composition and practice skills.
Adult students usually choose to study piano for pleasure and enrichment. They do not participate in the studio recitals. Adult lessons are individualized to their specific goals and interests while still covering all of the basic skills they need to move forward.
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