“Life is like a piano. What you get out of it depends on how you play it.”
No matter what instrument you choose to learn, there is an unspoken connection that occurs. You and the instrument become one. You and the instrument, together, through playing, communicate deep thoughts and emotions that evoke a visceral response in anyone who listens. Music truly is a universal language. The piano is a simple, yet complex instrument that challenges its player to focus, care, work, love and communicate that universal language outward.
My philosophy for teaching piano is encouraging my students to learn the instrument as if it were part of their own life lessons. Learning a good work ethic, building confidence, and taking pride in your accomplishments are all life long lessons that can be applied to piano. After all, playing an instrument can be a life long art that can create a great deal of joy and fulfillment.
Piano lessons are available in my home studio at 2913 Village Square Dr. Dover, PA 17315 on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays between the hours of 4:30 and 8pm, Thursdays between 4:30 and 6pm and online through Skype, FaceTime or Facebook Video Messenger.
Piano lessons are available for beginner to advanced students ages 6-adulthood.
What I teach:
A relaxed approach to piano technique that promotes no tension in the body while playing
Use of proper hand position, developing hand-eye coordination, and maintaining good posture
Reading music notation in both treble and bass clef
Learning scales, chords, arpeggios, dynamics, articulations, etc that are all necessary to reach the level of musicality
Music composition (writing songs)
An approach that is inclusive of all styles of music (Ex.-Pop, jazz, broadway, movie songs, classical, blues, rock)
Using piano playing as a means to help boost a student's confidence and help strengthen their love of music
Learning how to budget time and make practicing part of your daily routine
Fostering a creative, fun, laid-back learning environment
What's included in lessons:
One on one instruction time for a half hour on a weekly basis (I do not offer every other week as I feel consistency on a weekly basis is very important)
Unlimited access to the website/online portal that will give you online resources such as downloadable scales, exercises, educational videos and resources, and the ability to log practice hours and take notes.
All lesson books, sheet music, supplemental materials
I use the Schaum piano book series for all beginner and intermediate piano students. However, I do believe each student has their own learning style and sometimes one book series may work better than another. So, I'm always open to changing to another lesson book if I feel it is better suited for the student.
What you will need bring to lessons:
A notebook or folder which will be used to keep a record what we did in each lesson and so you will know what to practice! (You may also keep one in the notes section of your phone or record your lessons)
Your lesson book
Any supplemental songs/exercises we are working on
Scales papers and rhythm sheets
Flash cards (if needed)
For monthly lessons, each student will receive an invoice at the beginning of each month. Payment is due at or before the first lesson.
Pay per lesson students will receive an invoice before their lesson and are required to pay their invoice before or at the time of their lesson.
Please contact me for pricing and availability.
Due to my impending maternity leave, I am currently not accepting any new students. Please feel free to contact me again in August 2020 to inquire about lessons. Thank you for your understanding.