In every lesson with my students, I strive to help them reach their potential and have fun at the same time. I believe it is critical to be very flexible as a teacher and be able to explain a concept in many different ways, since every student has their own unique way of processing new information. I place a high priority on finding music students love, so they are motivated to practice, while also introducing new concepts and challenges that help them grow as musicians. Theory is an important part of each lesson, and I approach it with a practical viewpoint - to help my students better understand the music they are learning.
Teaching proper technique is also incredibly important! It is simply unfair to ask a student to play a certain way or achieve a certain sound without giving specific instruction on HOW this is to be achieved. In 1996, I met and studied with Sharon Mann - a master teacher who introduced me to the principles of the Taubman technique. With further studies with Marc Steiner, a Bay Area Taubman specialist, I was able to realize the benefits of the technique: freedom of motion without tension. The technique is a fundamental part of my teaching, giving students concrete, physical motions to execute technically difficult passages with ease.
Finally, I hold two studio recitals a year to help inspire my students to perfect a piece and share their music with others with confidence and presence in a supportive environment. I also hold informal, small group classes in my home studio, providing additional performance opportunities in a more intimate setting. Whenever possible, I encourage students to play duets with each other so they can experience the joy of making music with their peers. I love the piano and love teaching others about it; I view my commitment to my studio and my instrument as a role model for students in developing a life-long love for music.