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Teaching

I teach students of all ages and levels, from young children exploring their musical potential to pre-professional students and competition winners to adults who are enriching and enhancing their lives through music.

Music study requires structure and social support. I create a sense of community for my students by providing musicianship classes for the younger ones and repertoire classes for teens. I also provide both informal and public performance opportunities for all of my students. Collectively, my students have performed at Weill Recital Hall, Kosciuszko Foundation, Steinway Hall, German Consulate, Polish Consulate, Tenri Cultural Center, Mannes Concert Hall, A.C. Pianocraft, WMP Concert Hall, and Greenwich House Music School, among others. I am a member of the Leschetizky Association, Piano Teachers Congress and the Associated Music Teachers League.

My approach to teaching in children’s lessons is traditional. We cover all of the areas important for pianistic growth as well as providing a solid musical foundation: sight-reading, often in the form of playing duets, technique, improvisation, pieces learned by rote (in the beginning) and pieces learned by sight with help from me. I have a technical approach consistent with sound bio-mechanical principles. The atmosphere in lessons is upbeat, never punitive. I see each person as an individual; and teach accordingly. The chemistry between teacher and student is one of the most important aspects of piano lessons.

It is undisputed that learning to play a musical instrument benefits us as human beings. Recent studies have shown the positive influence of music on brain function. In this age of push-button gratification, learning a skill that involves every aspect of oneself is nourishing. Learning piano can build up one’s self-confidence and can enhance a child’s sense of self-worth, providing the foundation for a lifetime of enrichment. Pursuing pianistic goals provides intellectual stimulation as well as nurturing expressive and emotive activity, thereby contributing to the development and realization of the whole being.