I have not only been teaching for 45 years, but I bring to my teaching the practical experience of being an active performer for most of my life. The study of music - and specifically piano - provides a lifetime of beauty and inspiration. It also enhances everything else we do.
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I do not employ a cookie-cutter approach to teaching. Each student is a unique individual with their own unique learning styles and musical preferences. I tailor my lessons accordingly. While mastery of an instrument DOES require hard work, I am a firm believer that the process must also be FUN.
Many people email to say they are "screening" teachers and ask what my fee is. This is not "screening." If someone selects a totally unqualified teacher (which DOES happen) with the lowest fee, have they really saved money? Very often, a student who was not given a thorough and solid foundation in the basics (proper seating and posture, hand position, fingering, rhythm, reading, etc.) has to UNlearn bad habits - from a competent teacher - that were not corrected at the outset.
I also receive emails from people who do not have (or have access to) a piano. I am sure there are unscrupulous teachers out there who will tell you that you don't need a piano (and will take your money). You absolutely MUST have a piano. Piano proficiency requires regular practice. Even with all the knowledge you acquire, it is still a
"physical" thing. We are like athletes with our fingers. Ballet dancers could NEVER perform onstage without regular stretching and practice.
The only way to know if a teacher is the right "fit" for you or your child is to take a lesson in person.
I'm warm, friendly supportive, never raise my voice, and stress to all my students that there is no such thing as a stupid question. There are never any contracts or obligations. You simply pay after each lesson. You are also never locked into any set day or time. If you need to change the day or time of your lesson on a particular week, I will make every effort to accommodate you as long as I have an opening available and I am given ample notice.
Lessons are in my Fishkill studio or in the comfort of your home for an additional fee (depending on the distance).