- Piano Lessons in Pittsburgh (Upper St. Clair)
- Teaching Philosophy
- Student Events
I put on three recitals per year for students. Recital performances are recorded digitally, and students get immediate feedback by listening to their own performances in the lesson following the recital. All recitals are open and free to the public, held at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Upper St. Clair. This venue provides a wonderful 7-foot concert grand Yamaha piano, incredible naturally reverberating acoustics, and a beautiful sanctuary. I play at the end of every recital to provide inspiration to my students.
Held six times per year, piano classes serve as a less formal way of getting performance experience in a fun group setting of 4-8 students, always accompanied with pastries, cookies, or other desserts. Kids in middle school and under compete for prizes in each class by giving constructive criticism on each others’ performances.
I spend time outside of lessons enabling students to participate in events such as additional outside recitals, festivals, competitions, master classes and workshops, all of which are made possible by music teacher associations and other organizations. These include (in approximate order of how competitive each event is):
- NFMC (National Federation of Music Clubs): “Gold Cup” festival (March)
- PPTA (Pittsburgh Piano Teachers Association): Performance Competitions (April)
- SSWPA (Steinway Society of Western Pennsylvania): Steinway Young Artist Program (May)
- City Music Center of Duquesne University: Duquesne Competition (February)
- GPC-PMTA (Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association): Lois Streator & Lois Smith Memorial Competition (April)
- PCS (Pittsburgh Concert Society): Young Artist Auditions (January)
- MTNA (Music Teachers National Association: Performance Competitions
- Round 1 (state): November
- Round 2 (division): January
- Round 3 (national): March
More importantly, I ensure my students enter such events with a very healthy mental attitude: win or lose, high rating or low rating, these events are learning experiences and primarily for fun – there is nothing to lose and everything to gain. That said, my students consistently get the highest ratings in festivals and are very competitive when they enter competitions. Students also have access to recitals put on by music teachers associations that I’m a member of.
Some teachers completely isolate themselves and their students from any events outside of their own studio, and this is nothing short of tragic. It is no worse for a teacher to force all students down the road of becoming concert pianists than it is for a teacher to hide the world of festivals and competitions from all of their students. Every teacher has students who are eager to participate in festivals and competitions. Some are motivated by trophies and awards, others want to connect with peers, while others simply feel it pushes them to do their best.
Click to view past recital programs:
2012-2013: (moved from Reno to Pittsburgh)
1998: February 27, 1998
1997: (started teaching)