From the time I was a small child I have loved music, and from the age of six knew I would become a teacher. I began private piano instruction at the age of six and continued through college until the present. In middle school I began playing for school functions, churches and community events. During my college years I was chosen to be the musical director of a six member Teen Team that toured many countries in Europe giving high school assemblies and concerts for Youth for Christ International. Later I also toured many years in the U.S.A. with other groups and now it still gives me great joy and pleasure to play for churches, schools and other organizations. After college I began my teaching career and was introduced to the Pace Approach to piano instruction. I am very fortunate to have received the intensive training and study required to teach this amazing piano method. It has been extremely effective with all my students for many years. Later I discovered Pattern/Chord Play the piano series on improvisation and arranging authored by Forrest and Akiko Kinney. I have been studying with him for the past three years on how to teach improvisation and arranging. It has been an awesome privilege to work with him and other teachers in my area. I will continue to teach piano for many years. I LOVE it!! *** Lesson Details *** The studio has a warm, friendly setting where you will receive positive encouragement to reach your musical goals. You will quickly discover how fun and easy it is!! Whether big or small every accomplishment is celebrated. No one is ever too young or too old to experience the joy that music brings. You will learn something new and exciting at each lesson. It will include time at the piano and other musical activities using tools that make learning easy, interesting and fun. I carefully plan the lessons to accommodate your Age, Musical Styles and Goals. You will learn to play artistically so the music comes alive and says something interesting. The music will inspire and motivate your desire to learn while the experienced instruction will ensure your success. By obtaining a strong foundation you will be prepared to pursue whatever musical path you choose. Here are a few examples of what you will experience at your lessons: 1. AT THE PIANO: You will learn interesting music that you will enjoy and have fun playing. Beginning students will be introduced to the musical staff, note names, note values, interpretive markings, the geography of printed music and the keyboard. Right from the beginning you will learn to play music you know and love. Advanced students will continue from their present level of instruction. . 2. "OFF THE BENCH ACTIVITIES" are used to reinforce the lesson and include musical games, flashcards, board work and other musical materials and tools.. These are not only fun, interesting and exciting activities but are extremely helpful to your learning experience. 3. IMPROVISING, ARRANGING, AND CREATING is so much fun! You will enjoy knowing that it is easy to create and play your own personal music. For many this is the favorite part of the lesson!! HAVE QUESTIONS??? HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO LEARN TO PLAY?? At your VERY FIRST lesson! I will show you how easy it is to improvise amazing music.You will be surprised what fun it is to create your own music! The PACE APPROACH will make it very easy to read print music and it won't take long to play it.. . WHAT TYPE OF MUSIC WILL I LEARN TO PLAY?? The music will suit your AGE, ABILITY and choice of STYLE (Classical, Worship, Popular, Jazz, etc.). Your favorites are always included!!. MUSIC COMPUTER GAMES are a valuable tool. I am a member of Music Learning Community a web based playground of music learning activities and games that will enhance musical progress. There are colorful animated games with imaginative themes. It is a carefully constructed educational site intended to make learning fun. As my student you will learn how to READ, PLAY, and WRITE music as well as CREATE YOUR OWN. You will understand what the music is about (Theory), develop the correct way to play (Technique), Play in ALL Keys, Transpose, Create and Perform. This foundation will provide the skills to make learning easy and help you INDEPENDENTLY enjoy a lifetime of learning, creating, and making music. *** Studio Equipment *** The studio is professionally equipped with a Kawai piano, staff lined whiteboard, music library, and many other teaching materials.There is a separate waiting room. You will need to have a piano (keyboard) at home for practicing and provide some lesson books/flashcards. *** Specialties *** Using the unique Pace Approach to piano instruction, which was discovered and developed by the world-renown dynamic educator, Dr. Robert Pace of Teachers College, Columbia University, who is credited with having revolutionized the art of piano teaching, you will enjoy learning to read, play, and write music in all styles and keys. But what becomes even more fun is to find your own creativity through improvisation, composing, and arranging pieces that you already know and love. You will become excited to discover that you have your own personal music to share with the world.