Teaching Philosophy

Mastery at the piano (or any instrument) involves not only being able to play the correct notes at the correct time, but also being able to express feelings and share stories through music making.  It is my goal to develop in each of my students a comprehensive understanding of music that enables them to play the piano with utmost enjoyment and musicality.  Even during the earliest stages of piano study, I am committed to teaching students how to make a piece of music sound communicative and beautiful.  This focus on artistry and creativity enables the students’ individuality to shine through their music. 

A supportive atmosphere with honest yet positive criticism allows students to become self-motivated, independent learners.  I enable my students to become independent learners by teaching them how to listen, evaluate, and make changes in their own playing.  I also teach my students strategies for efficient learning that they can use during at-home practice. 

I provide a comprehensive music education through weekly private lessons.  During private lessons, time is spent on technique exercises, theory and polishing repertoire into artistic performances.  Although an emphasis is placed on classical repertoire, the student's curriculum is always tailored to the student's interests and goals.  

I am a firm believer in the benefits of music study for all individuals, regardless of age and ability.  My studio is comprised of preschool students, retired adults, and everything in between.  Piano study develops not only a lifelong appreciation and love for music, but also important life skills – including creativity, concentration, dedication, diligence and perseverance.  Parents are encouraged to be actively supportive and involved in their student's music education.  

As a teacher, I believe it is my responsibility to continue growing as a musician and teacher throughout my career.  I make it a priority to practice regularly,  and stay informed about current piano pedagogy trends and perspectives.  I am also the Organist at First Baptist Church, Ahoskie, NC.

My students and I find great satisfaction and enjoyment in the pursuit of furthering our musical abilities through piano study.  Through music study, we learn to find and appreciate beauty in ourselves and in the world around us. 

I hope you’ll join me – and pursue the musician in you!