Welcome to my website. I am a piano teacher in Scottsdale, Arizona. I teach live, one-on-one piano lessons to students in North America and around the world.
I have been using distance-learning techniques with my piano students for more than fifteen years. Here in Arizona, many students have homes in other parts of the U.S. or Canada. They skedaddle out of here before the summer heat arrives. Piano lessons by video streaming services like FaceTime and Skype made it possible for these students to continue making progress toward their piano goals, even when we couldn’t be in the same studio.
Now, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, education by video is a necessity. The good news is that video streaming technology is much better, making distance-learning a lot more like in-studio lessons. And, for students who might not be able to take piano lessons in their communities, they now have the option of taking lessons with an experienced piano educator in my teaching studio.
How Live Video Piano Lessons Work
My students schedule regular lessons and then call-in using the Zoom app on their computer or tablet. Video is high-definition and audio is pristine. In my studio, I use three cameras — one one me as the teacher, plus two on the piano to demonstrate techniques and hand positions. Whether on video or live at the piano, lessons are exactly the same. The teaching techniques I use with live video lessons have been honed over decades of piano teaching experience. And my teaching methods must work because many of my students have been taking lessons with me for more than a decade.
Live video piano lessons also include perks like lesson notes emailed after each lessons, sound recordings to help demonstrate conceptes between lessons, and feedback and assistance between scheduled lessons.
My Teaching Philosophy
Learning to play the piano is very rewarding. Although it requires hard work, the piano gives back much more in terms of enjoyment, achievement, and increased self-esteem. And, making your own music is just simply one of the great pleasures of life!
Why do we want to play the piano? Are we looking for joy and beauty? Are we adding to our educations and sharpening our minds? Do we have a need to fill our hearts, feed our souls, or lift our spirits? Do we feel a need to express ourselves? Or do we want to learn to appreciate what we listen to every day? I think it’s all of the above.
Choosing a Piano Teacher
If you are looking for a patient teacher with a sense of humor and humanity, read on. I like to teach music fundamentals and personal expression by using music chosen by the student. Especially for adult students, this approach not only keeps you motivated. It also helps build a repertoire you can enjoy for a lifetime. And, I love curious adults who ask questions and enjoy music outside of their lessons, and, of course, practice. I also take into account my students’ learning styles, preferences, and any limitations they may have.
Over a lifetime of teaching piano, I have taught students from the age of four to those in their eighties. Now, however, I specialize in and only teach adult students.
For many adults, piano lessons are an important part of their lifetime learning goals. My adult students find the piano a welcome change from the stresses of daily life. Some took lessons earlier in life and decided to return to music. Others decide that now is the time to take their first piano lesson. In either case, my adult students find piano studies challenging, rewarding, and therapeutic while also being helpful in maintaining sharp cognitive skills.
My website will give you information to help you decide if piano lessons are right for you and if I am the right piano teacher to help you reach your goals. Take a look at my education and teaching experience in the About section of the site. Be sure to check out the FAQs section, where I answer some of the most commonly-asked questions about piano lessons. Finally, click the Contact section to connect with me for more information or to schedule lessons.
You are about to embark on an exciting journey — learning about the piano and yourself! Millions of us find joy and many rewards when making our own music on this beautiful instrument — an instrument with centuries of history and evolution, and one that continues to be a vital part of our culture. After reading through my website, feel free to contact me for more information or to schedule lessons.