Learning a musical instrument is an exciting endeavor. Whether
or not one goes on to perform professionally, knowing how to play an instrument and to read music can provide enjoyment that
will continue throughout all stages of life. I offer lessons to students of all ages at the beginning, intermediate,
and advanced levels.
Some of my fondest memories of my final ten years living
in New York City came out of teaching piano to students between the ages of five and seventeen at the Sacred Heart School
in Yonkers, N.Y. During my years there I found that patience, humor, and a willingness to impart my passion for music were
instrumental in forming a strong rapport with my students.
In addition to my teaching at Sacred Heart I worked extensively as a professional
jazz musician, touring the U.S., Europe, and Japan, as well as performing at such New York Venues as The Blue Note, Village
Vanguard, The Village Gate, and Alice Tully Hall.
In order to get the most out of your lessons there are a few points that I would like to touch on. I am sure
that most have heard the old joke about how to get to Carnegie Hall. Well as corny as it sounds, it is true –
practice is the key to learning! A regular practice routine is essential and provides the student with a solid foundation.
At the beginning level I recommend 20 minutes a day, while intermediate students should practice for at least an hour.
But the key is to be consistent. Even if you can only practice 10 minutes a day (I understand that work takes
precedent) this is preferable to missing a day of practice.
Finally, the most important
thing for you to remember is that you should have fun learning the piano. I will do my best to make the lessons interesting
and to instill a sense of enjoyment from music. Email or call for scheduling and rates.