Q. What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
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. Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share 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 types of customers have you worked with?
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. Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
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. What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
A. Students may enroll in a trial lesson to see if we are a good fit!