I have been teaching piano to students of all ages for the past 20 years. I studied piano at St. Bonaventure University under Laura Peterson. I have accompanied many in talent shows, and competitions. I presently play the piano at our church. I have taught students that have gone on to higher learning in piano. Some of my students have competed in nationwide festivals and placed well. They have entered local and statewide contests. They placed well in their categories. I believe that each student should have goals for their talent. I want to work with the student's goal to achieve their very best. I believe each student is a unique individual who will become a performer according to the practice that they put into it I am looking for students who want to have fun while learning to play the piano. *** Lesson Details *** Each beginning student will receive a curriculum that fits them best. I use a variety of curriculum. If the student already has begun in a curriculum we can continue to use that one if it fits their goals appropriately. Each student will learn how to play the piano and the theory behind the music. We will do games to reinforce the lesson. We also learn scales and arpeggios and chords and how they fit together. I expect at least 5 days of practice to progress consistently at their ability level. They will keep track of practice in an online journal. Usually if the student follows the recipe of consistent practice they should finish each year's curriculum as scheduled. I include motivational activities we do as a group once a unit is finished. Some students finish before one year is up and are able to start the next level which is very exciting for them. I encourage them to play for variety shows, fairs, church and other public places to help them with performance . Its great to see their faces shine and the confidence they show once the student connects with the piano and learns their first song. The other exciting thing I love to see is when a student comes to a difficult challenge and we break it down so they can actually learn the difficulty and experience success!!! Wow what a motivation!!! The student then learns that they can get over hurdles not only in piano but in life too. *** Studio Equipment *** Piano in a designated music room with a library full of music. Space for integrated games from the lesson *** Specialties *** My specialties are really motivating students to have fun learning to play the piano. We learn to read the notes, relate sound and express ourselves through the beauty playing the piano. I am willing to use a variety of styles to help students learn to play the piano such as classical, rock , pop, hymn, jazz and more through the variety of method books such as Alfred, Bastien, Faber and Faber, and more. I have taught Autistic children ages 8-15 who have a high recommendation. I also have taught a Down Syndrome girl.