- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
My pricing is $100/hour, with half hour lessons recommended for beginner students.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I typically schedule a trial lesson where I will work with the student on the pieces they currently have in their fingers, if any. I will asses their prior training (if applicable), as well as the current state of their technique and propose my plan for proceeding. During this first lesson I also like to play a piece for the student/family because I think it is very important that students see their teacher playing/performing and that the teacher be an active performer in order to be an active teacher.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
—Bachelor of Music Degree Cum Laude majoring in piano performance and minoring in pedagogy from the Lawrence Conservatory of Music. This was a special program in that, not only was it a very high level and competitive performance program where I performed a lot, competed across the country, and really crafted my sound, technique, and artistry at the piano, but also added on a minor in pedagogy. This intensive minor gave me the tools to be a successful teacher - something that many great performers don’t have! Through pedagogy courses, supervised teaching, practicum, research, and hands-on experience, I learned how to be an effective teacher who can understand the needs of any student and shape my teaching to cater to them. —Master of Music Degree with emphasis on pedagogy at Thornton School of Music At USC I have continued my studies in piano literature and performance at the masters level with some of the most amazing and respected pianists in the world. In addition to this, I continued my pedagogy research and have proven to be qualified in both avenues. In addition to my education, my other teaching experience and training is as follows: -TA/Tutor at Lawrence University -President of the MTNA chapter at Lawrence -Private Piano Teaching position at the Lawrence Academy of Music -Private Instructor for many years -Pedagogy presenter at MTNA State Conference in Wisconsin -Pedagogy Research Presentation at Thornton School of Music - "Godden and Baddeley's Study of Context Dependent Memory: Implications for Effective Memorization at the Piano" -Research in injury prevention and correction including Taubman Technique