My grandma (Nana) gifted my me and my brother with all of our piano lessons through high school. It was always my choice to study piano, though I still maintain it was just because I didn’t have any other things I wanted to do. Regardless, as the years have gone by I have learned more and more how life altering it truly was. In 2020 I got to sit with my 98-year-old Nana as she died. I got to thank her for the gift of music. I got to tell her how I wouldn’t be who I am today without it. I got to play her some recordings of my own music. Those are moments I will never forget, and will treasure always.
Nana is why I have music within me and how I can pass it on to others.
I believe music always has something for us. It doesn’t matter if you engage simply by turning on some tunes while you clean the house or if you’re delving into classical literature. We all can benefit and enjoy music in our own ways.
The study of music is an adventure. There is so much to it. After over 30 years of learning and playing I still have so far to go. That’s one of the joys about it, for sure. I have yet to meet a musician who is “done.” We don’t get there, thankfully.
So what are my goals in teaching? Many things:
- To cultivate the love of music
- To give empowerment and confidence
- To provide a way to authentically express one’s self
- To share my knowledge and joy of music
What content is covered in lessons?
- Note identification on the keyboard and on the staff
- Scales, chords, technique
- Songs – so many genres! All depends on what the student wants to learn!
- Playing by ear
- Composing your own songs
- Sight reading