“Art must remind us of human excellence and must have some healing properties.” Yehudi Menuhin
We are meeting because you – or, perhaps, someone you love – would like to play the piano. For many, this is an intimidating prospect. How do I go about this? How do I choose the right piano teacher? How long will it take? The answers (and the questions) are different for each of us, but what unites us is the desire to express ourselves through this medium and to enter the world of music. Welcome, you have taken the first step!
I am a lifelong musician, student, and teacher. My musical journey began at the age of five with piano lessons, and I later pursued the study of classical guitar. I earned a Bachelor of Music
from The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Music in Music Education with Kodaly Emphasis from Holy Names University. I have been teaching for forty years, while at the same time continuing my own study and practice.
For the past twenty years, I have been studying with Barbara Wilkens, a unique and profoundly gifted piano teacher who lives and works in Palo Alto. With Barbara, I have explored the vast world of musical expression. Part of this has included two wonderful bodies of knowledge that have become integral and essential components of my teaching.
The first is Balance: Used in this manner, “Balance” describes a way of learning – or re-learning – how to sit and move from a natural, centered alignment of bones. This allows your muscles to be in maximum relaxation, which is of tremendous importance in playing the piano comfortably and well.
The second is The Taubman Approach: Through careful attention to arm, hand, and finger movements, this provides one with all the tools necessary to interpret the musical score and play the piano with great ease.
Together these two techniques, Balance and Taubman, help the pianist to create a beautiful tone; to develop speed, precision, and expression; and to achieve a lifetime of comfort in playing, no matter when one chooses to begin.
My varied education and teaching experiences enable me to work with a wide range of students. I have taught in a number of different settings; from being a piano teacher, to working and playing with children and people of all ages in a classroom. As a consequence, I am uniquely qualified to assess where students are in their development and understanding. It is a joyous process for me to help them achieve their musical desires.
In addition, I work in collaboration with Barbara to re-train musicians who are injured and to instruct those who simply want to be learning piano from the start without tension and strain, rather with great freedom and joy. All ages are welcome. I especially enjoy working and playing with people who are returning to the piano after some time away and people for whom playing the piano has been a life-long dream.
My goal for my students is to provide them with a complete musical education of the highest quality in a warm, encouraging, and challenging environment. Learning piano is a stimulating and beautiful process; one that is filled with gifts.
If you have any questions or desire further information, please contact me. I look forward to our meeting.