Ages Taught: All
Skills Taught: Beginning through Advanced, Performance, Theory, Technique, Composition, Arrangement
Years Taught: 13
Methods Taught: Various
2018 Earned a Diploma in Piano Pedagogy from Utah State University from Craig Jessop and Dr. Cindy Dewey
2017 Regularly played at University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City
2011-2015 Taught Students in USU’s Youth Conservatory, assisted in their many annual concerts which include up to 300 students every year.
2014 Performed in Dr. Kevin Olson’s Debussy recital
2014 Utah State University’s Battle of the Bands Concert 2014, as Brit in Mad Brit and the Guytones.
2013 Composition showcase in Dr. Kevin Olson’s composition recital
I’ve received training under Dr. Kevin Olson, a famous method book composer; Professor Gary Amano, a celebrated piano teacher, Dr. Jessica Roderer, and Dr. Luke Hancock. I have attended the masterclasses of the likes of Norman Krieger, a celebrated performer and teacher; Vadym Kholodenko, one of the best pianists of today; among others. My students have played in Utah State University’s Monster Concert, Piano Festival, and Halloween Carnival, as well as several USU Youth Conservatory recitals and private recitals.
My teaching method is whatever I think will fit the student best. I teach by both book and by ear. I have taught students from both extremes of either only playing sheet music or only playing by ear. I have helped people overcome their performance anxiety and to enjoy piano after years of having quit. My job is to help you discover your inner musician and be who you want to be.
For book learners, I am familiar with Alfred, Faber, and Bastien, among others. For ear learners, there’s no real method I’ve found, so I’ve made my own! For those who like to do both, a mixture.
I think my favorite part of teaching is being a mentor, a positive factor in someone’s life. I’ve taught students from ages 4-70 from many foreign countries. I love to learn about other cultures and different walks of life. I love to get silly, active, and I love to laugh, but I also enjoy pushing you to your limit. With that said, if that limit is fluffy happy learning with little to no criticism–that’s the limit! Teaching piano isn’t just about teaching music and developing discipline and cognitive skills. It’s about building confidence, raising self esteem, and having fun. It’s about cultivating your voice, a way to express yourself in a constantly changing, challenging world in a way we can all take part in. Sometimes words can’t do that, and that’s what music is for.