My intention is to instruct and nurture pianists to feel connected to their playing and to their unique learning process and expression, to develop efficient practice habits and positive self-talk while they learn, to feel secure and freed up technically, to experience optimal and easeful playing and performing.
I draw on left and right brain learning modalities to elicit more resonance and understanding from students, to make learning more meaningful and thorough. My desire is to awaken the senses, to create an alive learning experience, that fosters awake, responsible, and empowered students, who feel at ease with their progress, and performance, but who desire to push themselves to achieve more, just to see what is possible if they work hard and employ/play with suggestions and exercises I give them. My wish is that they take this dynamic, meaningful, connected way of learning and extend it out into other aspects of their lives.
I have limited spaces for beginner and intermediate pianists. Lessons take place in my studio in my home in Corvallis. Lessons are on a grand piano. Transfer students are welcome, especially those who would love to play, but who have felt blocked around their playing. I welcome any level of pianist who would like to find more empowerment, aliveness, and ease in their playing, reducing struggle.
Highlights of the Studio:
*engaging creative music curriculum to develop whole artist
*use of kinesthetic body awareness and imagery, to free up technique and to create solid performance
*cultivate expressive and engaging playing
*effective/meaningful practice methods to reduce overall amount of practice
*More ease and less struggle with playing
*More flow and connection to instrument resulting in more rewarding and interesting playing
*Scheduled recitals every term (September, January (collaborative/chamber music focus) & May)
*Studio master classes
*Holiday music reading/duet playing, followed by winter social/parent open house
*Collaborative piano and duet playing
*Optional participation in OMTA Syllabus
*Summer Music Camps
*Selected students beginning Royal Conservatory curriculum