I have been teaching for more than twenty years, and hold M.M. and D.M. degrees in piano from Northwestern University. I have experience teaching hundreds of piano students through my faculty positions at the Interlochen Arts Camp, Northwestern University, Chicago's Merit School of Music, Benedictine University, Martin Methodist University, and most recently, the University of Idaho.
As Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Idaho, I co-founded and co-directed the University of Idaho Music Preparatory Division, a community music school that serves nearly 150 pre-college students. My private students have received prizes and recognition in competitions, festivals, and exams across the country, including featured performances at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and on the prestigious Young Steinway Series in the Chicago area.
Additionally, I am a frequent adjudicator, presenter, and performer at venues and competitions throughout the United States, and an active member of local, regional, and national music teachers associations. For a full professional bio, please click here.
Through my teaching, I encourage students' love of music by creating an environment that balances joyful encouragement with discipline. I work consistently to build strong technique from the very beginning, and focus on developing beautiful, varied sound production and a strong understanding of musical style. My students perform regularly, participating in competitions, festivals, and progressive yearly exams.
I believe that studying the piano helps students develop the skill and confidence to succeed in many areas of life, and I hope that my students enjoy having music in their lives for years to come!
For a short example of what might happen in a typical piano lesson, please watch the video on the left. You may also click here to watch videos of my students performing.
I have recently joined the faculty of the Punahou Music School in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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