I teach students of all ages in their homes in Wilmette, Winnetka, Evanston, and Kenilworth, Illinois. I’ve been teaching piano for over twenty-two years. The goal I have for my students is that they will become life-long music lovers, ideally continuing to play piano with joy and enthusiasm for the rest of their lives.
I am more concerned about the process over the product, meaning my first aim is teaching the student how to read music fluently, so that he or she can pick up a piece of music and be able to read and play and understand it without me. In other words, my ultimate goal is to make myself not needed. Or perhaps it would be better to say that my goal is that the student and I will, as the years pass, work together not only on advancing repertoire, but also on advancing musical topics, such as the structure and form of music, history, style characteristics, and so on, as he or she learns to work independently to decipher the notes and rhythms.
In addition to traditional note reading, I encourage all my students to learn at least a bit about playing “by ear”. I put that in quotations because much of what is called playing by ear is really playing-by-brain. It’s neither magic, nor is it an esoteric skill bestowed on only a select few. It’s largely craft, and it can be taught.
Although most of my students are school-age, I teach adults as well — most often my adult students studied the piano for several years when they were young, and now they’d like to return to it.
I have a B.A. in Music from DePaul University in Chicago. I studied with Melody Lord Lundberg at DePaul, and Kal Novak of the Music Institute of Chicago. In addition I studied Jazz with Alan Swain in Evanston. I was one of the original staff pianists at Nordstrom Old Orchard when they opened in 1993.
When I’m not teaching piano, I’m a bit of a nerd — I enjoy reading philosophy, and I’m trying to teach myself Latin and Greek. Trust me, I’m not that good at any of those.