I'm a wife, mom of five, grandmother of ten, lifetime pianist, transplant to Oklahoma, and professional piano teacher who's spent nearly 30 years helping thousands of people in five states learn to enjoy the beauty and challenge of piano musicianship.
I started teaching piano lessons while a junior in high school in Neenah, WI, and have since taught in Vancouver, WA, West Plains, MO, and South Lyon, MI before moving to and teaching in Oklahoma.
Piano fundamentals need to be accurately taught and learned in order to succeed in music. After all, you don't know when you can get by with breaking the rules if you don't know what they are. Besides, they're critical for the greatest musical success on any instrument.
But why not make the fundamentals as exciting as possible? Why not make it all as fun as possible?
I also don't believe perfection exists on earth, though perhaps it's a good idea to strive for it. 😊
One of the funniest moments in my musical career was at one of our annual recitals. We had a quartet (two players each on two pianos). At various points during the piece, the four players had to pop a total of 12 balloons. We'd blown through hundreds of balloons to perfect the piece. However, the actual performance was actually anything but perfect!
Still, the crowd roared! Attendees talked for months about my students' Monty Python stunt on stage. (Monty Python, if you don't know, was a well-known British comedy troupe.) So although Balloon Pop Polka didn't go according to our "perfect" plan, this foursome succeeded in making people laugh... which is a great feat in its own right.
I help you do more than develop your piano playing skills. You'll learn the fundamentals of rhythm, notation, aural training, and theory. More importantly, I help you to truly connect with your music and find joy and sense of accomplishment. And have some FUN along the way.
Ready to bring the joy of music into your life... or into the life of a loved one?