Denise was my piano teacher for almost 10 years- from fourth grade through twelfth grade. I started playing music by just messing around on a keyboard making up little songs. Soon after, my parents found Denise for me and it was the best decision they could have made. She has made me a confident and competent pianist. She classically trained me- teaching me favorites like Clair De Lune and the Moonlight Sonata, but also technically challenging pieces such as numerous pieces from Bachs Well Tempered Clavier. She gave me direction and taught me everything I know about music. However, she also gave me the liberty to determine what pieces I wanted to learn and how to use our time together.
One of my favorite things about Denise is how nurturing she is. When I went away to college, I took piano lessons and my teacher there was very strict. I realized that a lot of people taking lessons were used to strict teachers. Musicians seem to think that music educators need to be strict and unaccommodating in order to inspire greatness. However, she is an incredible musician in her own right, and an incredible teacher. She was always very patient with me over the years, and I always loved coming to lessons. Every lesson, every week, I looked forward to my time with her.
Denise is an exceptional teacher. She teaches skills and pieces that go far beyond the highest ranks recognized by the state school exams. She teaches you skills that make you feel extremely confident in playing and performing. I would recommend Denise as a teacher to anyone. Whether you want to get a teacher for a child or for someone later in life; whether you want to take lessons as a hobby or as a serious student- Denise is the teacher for you. Nobody played music in my family and I stumbled upon the piano by chance. Music is how I express myself. I play piano, play guitar, sing, and write music. I owe all of my musical ability to Denise. If it were not for Denises direction I would never have had that gift. Regardless of whether you live in her area or an hour away, I recommend Denise as a teacher for anyone and everyone