What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
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 CCM in the Preparatory Department. I taught for 2 years at Miami University in Oxford, OH, was the Coordinator of the Piano Department at Earlham College in Richmond, IN, 2006-2013, and taught Music Theory at Northern Kentucky University. I 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!
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Monthly tuition for the 9-month academic year, September through May, is as follows. Tuition includes weekly lessons, 4-5 masterclasses, and two recitals.
30 minute lesson (elementary), $125month
45-minute lesson (intermediate), $185/month
60-minute lesson (advanced), $245/month
Summer lessons (June-August) are scheduled individually and calculated at the hourly rate of $65.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I teach all age groups, including adults. Serious students are encouraged to enroll in The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program performance assessment syllabus. 4-5 Masterclasses and 2 Recitals are scheduled within the 9-month academic year. Additional Ohio Music Teachers Association (OMTA) events as well as other competitions are encouraged. Adults have 2-3 performance classes annually. Summer lessons are scheduled individually. I also specialize in preparing students for college and graduate school auditions. Busy adults may enroll in lessons in alternate weeks if time allows. I am the Director of the Tri-State Piano Concerto Competition whose winners perform with string quartet, and the Chair of the MTNA Composition Competition for the State of Ohio. Students must own an instrument on which to practice daily.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
In 2016, I directed the Tri-State Piano Concerto Competition, which occurs biennially. Winners in 5 divisions, Primary thru Senior, perform required concertos with string quartet. 2018 Competition Guidelines will be available by September 1, 2017.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Students may enroll in a trial lesson to see if we are a good fit!