My studio in downtown Northampton, MA offers piano-based music lessons to children starting at age 3. I am very mindful of a child's developmental stage in my teaching choices. I use the Music Moves for Piano series by Marilyn Lowe and Edwin E. Gordon as a basis for teaching students to play by ear, improvise by ear and read by ear. Though my focus is on children, I also teach adults.
My supplemental material includes classical repertoire, pop/rock/folk songs, and lively and accessible "teaching" pieces. Attention to the comprehension of meter and harmonic function informs solfège exercises, improvisation, sight reading and interpretation.
Students are also encouraged to pursue their individual interests.
The majority of lesson time is individual, but almost all students have some sort of group learning experiences through special events or overlapping lessons.
I offer several performance opportunities annually.