Piano instruction for all ages. I enjoy adult students who try because it's never too late to learn. Singing skills can be important to developing music sensitivity and expressiveness and are incorporated into lessons when students are willing to sing. General music instruction involves rhythm and sight singing skills, ensemble playing, studio recitals and learning poise and confidence when performing in front of others. I draw upon many good music methods and different types of music to suit the interests and abilities of the student. I limit the number of students that I teach to be able to devote time to develop piano duo teams, family music ensembles, or student groups that learn and perform together. Lessons are typically 45 minutes once a week. Student lessons may overlap to allow for ensemble work.
I have performed as a soloist, collaborator and accompanist. I've taught K-12 music and university-level music education. As a certified Yamaha teacher, I taught ages 4-8 for four years. Upon retirement from a university administration career of 30 years, I have returned to music to resume studio teaching and am currently studying piano performance and pedagogy with KU faculty Dr. Scott McBride Smith, Professor of Piano Pedagogy.
Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, Washburn University; Master's of Music Education, University of Kansas, studied piano with Richard Angeletti, KU faculty. Most recently I performed with the Great Plains Chamber Winds based in Lincoln NE and accompanied ballet class performances at the Lawrence Arts Center.
Certified K-12 educator in choral, instrumental and general music upon graduation from KU; completed coursework and requirements towards certification in Music Therapy, University of Kansas; taught music at the University of Costa RIca several years.
Additional education: Master's of Business Administration, Computer Programming Diploma, Software Engineering Project Management Graduate Credentials, Spanish language music instruction