Sunflowers

Teaching Philosophy

My aim as a piano teacher is to cultivate a life-long love of music in my students. I have found that in order to achieve this, students must be willing to commit to piano study and to practice consistently and diligently. It is important to teach students the fundamentals of music and piano technique so they can enjoy learning and playing music for the rest of their lives, whether that will be as an avocation or as a profession. I firmly believe in teaching technique, ear training, sight reading, theory and a well balanced diet of standard piano repertoire, which includes 20th and 21st century music. It is the acquisition of these skills that enable students to continue their enjoyment of music throughout their lives.

From 1998 through 2006, I traveled regularly to St. Paul, Minnesota to study Taubman Technique with Dr. Teresa Dybvig, the Director of The Well-Balanced Pianist. The Taubman Technique is based on physiology and natural movements of the body. Some of the basic principles include:

  1. Correct posture and alignment at the keyboard
  2. Coordination of the fingers, hand, wrist and forearm
  3. Balance of hand, finger and forearm position
  4. Elimination of twisting, tilting and stretching

For more detailed information on Taubman Technique, please go to www.teresadybvig.com.

It is so important to teach healthy technique from the very beginning of piano study so correct movements become a part of a student’s piano technique. The Taubman Technique prevents students from developing problems with fatigue, pain and injury due to movements that are not natural for their bodies. I enjoy working with students of all ages and levels and particularly appreciate starting my own beginners.