The famous golfer, Bobby Jones, once said, "Golf is played mainly on a five-and-a-half-inch course … the space between your ears.”   The same could certainly be said about playing the piano.  Although many people think golf is about swinging the club and piano is about playing the keys, any measure of success in either piano or golf is determined by what player knows - the skills and knowledge they’ve developed - and by what they are thinking while playing. 

Almost anybody can learn to play a piano to a high degree of proficiency.  It’s not so much a matter of talent, as many believe, but rather an important mix of the student’s desire to learn about music, constant support of parents and others if the student is a child, a healthy mind, and an inspired teacher. Not only does recent scientific research bear all this out, but my students have shown time and again that “ordinary” piano students are capable of playing at extraordinary levels even they didn’t think were possible. 

Success in piano playing also requires consistency: regularly scheduled lessons at least once a week and practicing between lessons at least 5 days a week. If you or your child has that important mix of ingredients – desire, support, consistency, and a healthy mind - then I can provide the guidance, nurturing and training necessary to make it possible to accomplish your musical goals.  I am not in the business of training students to be professional musicians, although I have had several students go on to study in conservatories and schools of music.  Rather, my studio is primarily for those who enjoy music and want to fulfill their musical potential through piano study.  

My studio is for students of all ages and abilities.   The course of study for all students is comprehensive and includes:

  • Piano techniques (how to play the notes effectively with the least effort)
  • Musicianship (how to play expressively)
  • Sight playing and ear training
  • Music theory (understanding how music is constructed)
  • How to get the most out of practice time

All instruction is one-on-one. I train students online as young as seven years of age, and in person as young as five. I specialize in providing a solid pianistic foundation for beginning and intermediate students, but also teach advanced students masterworks by the great composers.  But whatever the age or ability, I customize the program of study to fit the student, broadening areas of strength and developing areas of weaknesses to help each one achieve the highest level of musicianship that their interest, commitment and desire will allow.