Life without music is unthinkable. Music without life is academic. That is why my contact with music is a total embrace.
Because each student is a unique person and musician, all lessons are private and designed to focus on the pace, abilities, goals, and learning style of the individual student. Lessons are 30, 45, or 60 minutes once a week. The learning environment in my studio is both supportive and challenging, allowing each student’s abilities to unfold with grace. Students learn how to practice and focus at home, at the lesson, and in performance. Emphasis is placed on listening, excellence, and musical expression rather than perfection.
Besides taking private lessons, older students are invited to attend Piano Performance and Appreciation Class which generally meets four times during the academic year. Gathering at my studio, students play for each other in an informal atmosphere and listen to a performance and lesson from the teacher. Examples of class topics include A Pilgrimage to Troldhaugen/Home of Edvard Grieg, Frederic Chopin/Poet of the Piano, Robert Schumann/Florestan and Eusebius, The Dance Form in Piano Music, How to Enjoy the Piano and Make Music Everyday at Home, and Happy Birthday Beethoven. An important experience is the annual Pre-Recital Class where students see a humorous skit by the teacher on stage presence, write affirmations, listen to a guided visualization, and make Treasure Maps to prepare for success in the end of the year Celebration Recital.
For my young beginners, I offer Piano Parties at my studio where we perform, listen to famous melodies from the classics, and play Music Bingo. Because my own parents were great lovers and supporters of music, I schedule a winter holiday and end of school year student programs at a Senior Residence to brighten the lives of those who can’t get out to such events in the community. I frequently play and talk about music at a number of these Homes for dinner or afternoon concerts and also play regularly at the Interfaith Sanctuary as part of the Sunday service.
I am a member of the National Federation of Music Clubs and Theory Chair for the Greater Seattle Federation. Many of my students participate in the piano solo and theory exams in the non-competitive Junior Music Festival. As a member of Seattle Music Teachers, students participate in Adult Soirees and the annual Sonatina Festival.
The study of the piano is much more than learning to play an instrument. Studies show that piano students gain skills in time management, develop eye-hand coordination, and do better in school. Contact with great music and with the work that leads to mastery in playing broadens and matures students, helping them to develop poise, discipline, and perseverance, putting them in touch with what is greatest in all of us.
Complimentary First Lesson
At the Gift of Music Piano Studio, I offer a complimentary first lesson so that we may become acquainted before making the decision to enroll. Students enjoy coming to my colorful and unique in-home studio to play my 1982 Steinway B piano. On request, my policy statement, which explains all the benefits and costs of my program, can be e-mailed to you. Congratulations on your decision to enhance your life with the beauty and joy of making music at the piano.