Now in my 42nd year of piano teaching, I realize more than ever how essential the study of music is for all children. I often tell parents that I am not just teaching music to their children; I am instructing them in the development of skills which promote concentration on any of life’s tasks. The skills one uses for piano playing tie together the child’s physical, mental and emotional capabilities unlike anything else done in life. Piano study teaches us how be more fully human.
For most of my students, the time we spend together each week is the only time in their lives without distraction, where one-on-one I am able to teach them as individuals possessing unique abilities and needs. Having this kind of priceless opportunity is why I dedicate my life to the education of young people.
What a thrill it has been to hear “thank you” from so many of my graduated students who return during college years to say:
“You were the only teacher I ever had who taught me how to study and that has made all the difference for me in college.”
“You taught me a great lesson by always raising the bar a little higher after every accomplishment; this was a terrific life lesson.”
“You are the only teacher who taught me perseverance. Through your teaching I learned to never give up until I achieved what was necessary.”
“Your teaching has changed my mind about the meaning of the word quality.”
It is my life’s calling to continue passing on the legacies and traditions of the great pianist/teachers with whom I was privileged to work. Thank you for allowing me to share my passion for music and education with you through this website.