Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. We bring together music-loving adults and children and get-together with them for musical gatherings so they enjoy their talents! Children are able to play at recitals, and the adults join other adults for master-classes and Christmas carols.
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. Music One students have just completed playing for the National Guild piano adjudications - all passed with flying colors! The students played a recital just a month previous to that.
As a performer, I play for small groups and mid-size venues in the San Francisco Bay Area, and have played twice at Carnegie Hall, in 2009 and 2011.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Ever wonder how a musician "does it"? Don't tell a soul: once you learn the basics, you will be able to figure out how each composition is put together and, with plenty of finger exercises, how you can recreate the music.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. Prospective students will find their best teacher by interviewing a number of teachers, visitting each studio, and review teaching materials and methods. Talk to friends about their teacher; if they refer you to a really good one, you scored a win! You will know by your interaction with the teachers, which one is the right one for you.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. To consider music lessons, each student will need a keyboard or piano, for regular practice. Then time for practice must be honored daily, even short periods, time that keeps the learning fresh in the student' s mind and in his or her fingers! Costs for lessons should fit the student's budget. That's when it is time to call and schedule lessons!
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. Our students make wonderful music, pass their adjudications to become National Student musicians at a higher level every year. Most importantly, they enjoy their music lessons and get better all the time!
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. For our studio's first Carnegie Hall performance in 2009, my best student and I performed together. For the 2011 performance, a plan to include more people backfired when one participant continually undermnined and compromised the preparation. So the plan morphed into a solo recital. Despite the slacker's efforts to derail that solo recital, ticket sales were 4 - FOUR - times more than the first performance!
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I started taking music lessons at age 6 and continued through to college. After completing my degree, running a real estate office as a broker, and raising my family, teaching business courses - and music - and the joy of making music came back into my life. Maintaining an active teaching schedule and performing fills my day beautifully.