I have been teaching private piano lessons from my in-home studio for over 11 years. My passion is to provide individualized, quality lessons in a positive environment. Students who engage with me learn all the skills they need to enjoy music for a lifetime. Teaching is a joy for me, and I am always looking for fresh approaches in teaching while also improving my own skills. I am a life-long learner. I thrive on the challenges of finding new ways to make my teaching and my studio better.
I keep current memberships in national, state, and local music teacher associations where I actively pursue continuing education opportunities. I keep a large and diverse network of contacts from around the world so that I can participate in master classes, webinars and forums with some of today’s leading piano teachers, professors, coaches, and composers. I also have my Certification in Piano Pedagogy through Valley City State University (part of the North Dakota University system).
Formal, classical piano lessons from age 5 to 18 gave me a solid foundation for performing, adding multiple instruments (clarinet, handbells, voice, guitar), conducting, and leading worship groups. As a student in a traditional piano studio with classical training, I performed in many local and state piano competitions and recitals each year. Concert Bands and Marching Band added to my enjoyment of all types of music. Though I did not pursue a music degree, I continued to take lessons, direct church choirs, and perform at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. I studied Organizational Communication, Psychology, and Religious Studies in college and went on to serve churches in Education, Music, and Youth Ministries in Wausau, WI, Chigago, IL, and Annapolis, MD, for 16 years before choosing to work from home and opening my own studio.
If you are looking for a top quality teacher who builds relationships, rather than a ‘cookie cutter’ school where teachers rely solely on method books, then contact me to set up a free consult today.