Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. I teach all age groups. Serious students are encouraged to enroll in The Carnegie Achievement Program (TAP) performance assessment syllabus. 4 Masterclasses and 2 recitals are scheduled within the 10-month academic year. Additional Ohio Music Teachers Association (OMTA) events as well as other competitions are encouraged. Summer lessons are scheduled individually. I specialize in preparing students for college and graduate school auditions. Busy adults may enroll in lessons in alternate weeks. Studio hosts biennial Piano Concerto Competition whose winners perform with string quartet. Students must own an instrument on which to practice daily.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Students may enroll in a trial lesson to see if we are a good fit!
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. As in many fields, customers should know the educational background and the extent of both performance and teaching experience of their piano instructor. Most reputable teachers will offer students trial lessons before making a final decision and will provide a brochure upon request. Studios vary in services offered, from bare lessons to extensive recital and competition opportunities. Do you want traditional lessons or Suzuki? Does your teacher accept all ages? These are all considerations when choosing the appropriate teacher for you or your child. If you are not sure, an experienced teacher can help you make an informed decision based on your personal situation so that everyone involved has a wonderfully musical experience!
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. I expect students to own an instrument, and am happy to assist in this decision should clients need some advice from an objective professional. (You may not need a Steinway, but you may not want an electronic keyboard, either...)
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. My students display repeated success in local events and show a continued love of music long after graduation and pursuit of other career paths. My students who have decided to pursue music as a career have consistently exhibited excellent preparation for auditions and have been accepted to quality music schools and conservatories throughout the country, resulting in successful and satisfying careers in music.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. Seeing the joy on a young person's face the first time he or she plays on a recital and hears applause for a job well done!
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. In 2012 and 2013, I directed the 88 Tri-State Piano Concerto Competition hosted by the Northern Kentucky School of Music. This competition will be held biennially with the next competition in 2015. Winners in 5 divisions, Primary thru Senior, perform required concertos with the NKYSM Youth Sinfonia. See our website for the competition guidelines: www.nkyschoolofmusic.org.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. I have the terminal degree in my field, the Doctor of Musical Arts degree, from CCM, and a Master of Music degree from the Kansas City (Missouri) Conservatory. I am an active performer and chamber musician, and am on the piano faculty at Miami University in Oxford, OH. I was the Coordinator of the Piano Department at Earlham College in Richmond, IN, 2006-2013, and have been teaching piano since 1984. A new music specialist, I lecture on modern piano literature and technique as well as women in music, and am always on the lookout for a brand new masterpiece to premiere!
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. Monthly tuition for the 10-month academic year, September through June, is as follows. Tuition includes weekly lessons, 4-5 masterclasses, and two recitals.
30 minute lesson (elementary), $110/month
45-minute lesson (intermediate), $160/month
60-minute lesson (advanced), $215/month
Summer lessons are calculated at the hourly rate of $60.
Q. What is your greatest strength?
A. My extensive performance experience. It is very natural to teach others advanced technical, memorization, practice, and performance skills when I apply the same skills to my own concert preparation on a daily basis. Students will work to their full potential and surprise themselves when the bar is set high.
Q. Write your own question and answer it.
A. Should you become a professional musician? Only if you cannot imagine doing anything else and have the dedication to back up the talent. Life's too short to hate your job!