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JCC Piano Studio 2018-19 Lessons Information and Policy

I offer individual music lessons, primarily in piano, to students of all ages and ability levels. My studio is located in Ravenswood, Chicago, at the office suite of 4641 N Paulina St. I am a member of the Chicago Area Music Teachers Association (CAMTA), as well as the state and national divisions of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).

My first goal as a teacher is to provide a healthy, fun, and positive learning environment in my studio. Regardless of whether a student is learning their first notes or advanced repertoire, my favorite thing is to help students break down the challenges they face, help them progress to the next level, and enjoy the process. Students develop a strong sense of self-esteem through their efforts and accomplishments at the piano. To support this, routine practice at home between lessons is encouraged, and students are rewarded for logging and demonstrating the results of their practice time. Student recitals are presented twice a year, for which performance psychology coaching is offered leading up to each recital according to each student's needs.

My primary teaching method is Faber and Faber's Piano Adventures Series. The diversity, comprehensiveness, flexibility, and downright fun of this method make it my favorite method to teach from. I supplement this method with a large library of method books and sheet music available in my studio, along with numerous “off-script” exercises in improvisation, theory, composition, and rote-learning.

In addition to working through the method books and developing well-rounded foundations, I encourage my students to learn the music they love. This may be start with just a melody or a few chords from their favorite song or movie theme. I've seen time and again that students are capable of achieving their highest potential when they are able to pursue something they are passionate about.

If you would like to inquire further into music lessons, please contact me at or by phone at (269)352-9245.

After a successful student recital in May, 2015. Performance at Kendal in Lexington, VA.

Another success! Don't they look sharp? This one's from November 2015.

Joint recital with students of Lacey Lynch, Ted Bickish, and my own. June 2014 at Grace Episcopal Church in Lexington, VA.