Experience

Resume

-Lecturing the complete undergraduate sequence of music history

-Lecturing advanced undergraduate theory in third and fourth semesters of harmony

-Instructing undergraduate aural skills through a complete sequence of four semesters

-Directing and planning church music programs

-Directing vocal ensembles of varying age levels

-Directing musicals

-Instructing individual lessons in voice, piano, and theory fundamentals

-Performing as an alto vocal and keyboard soloist

-Accompanying singers

-Organizing chamber music programs

-Working in development and administration

-Tutoring and lecturing high school mathematics

-Mentoring and instructing individuals with autism and other forms of Pervasive Personality Disorder

What to Look For In a Good Piano Teacher
Unless you’re opting for a group piano class, you’ll be spending a lot of one-on-one time with your piano teacher. So, the most important thing to ask is “do I feel comfortable with this person?” As you talk with your prospective teacher, do you get a sense that you can connect with him or her? If you’re a beginner, do they seem patient and empathetic? If you [are] already an experienced player looking to “get to the next level”, then is this teacher as focused and driven as you?

Use a Professional!
As with most endeavors requiring skill, you should look for a professional teacher. Taking lessons from a friend or family member who “plays a little” is no way to get off to a good start.

Carole Roach, a respected piano and vocal instructor puts it this way. “I find the biggest mistake parents make with beginning lessons is not going to a professional teacher at the very onset of lessons. They have a neighbor who can play and think that ‘we’ll see if she/he likes it first’.”

“Not only does that person not know what will be important later on, but they don’t have the experience to try another approach if that student doesn’t ‘get it’ with the first explanation. For example, some students are naturally good (music notation) readers. Others cannot seem to make the connection until much later.”

“A professional teacher can assess the student’s needs and adapt their teaching style to match. Just because someone can play an instrument, it doesn’t follow that they can teach that information to someone else.”

(Source: Kawai website on finding a good piano teacher)

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