Why study music?
The ability to express oneself through music offers us something that is incredibly valuable - a way to express from deep within what cannot be expressed with words.
Music is a universal language that dissolves barriers and allows us to connect with others - regardless of differences in age, background, or cultural heritage.
Learning to play a musical instrument:
heightens one's overall intellectual capacity
builds confidence and self-assurance
can heighten awareness and positivity
This can be true at any age - and is especially significant for children as studying music literally increases the capacity of the brain, opening the way for facilitated learning.
My approach to teaching is first and foremost about treating each student as the unique individual they are and doing all I can to enhance his/her/their joy for the task at hand. I focus on the particular skills each individual student wishes to develop in a way that is compassionate and understanding, while also seeking to draw out each student's innate and highest potential.
I teach piano, viola, beginning to intermediate guitar, and sometimes violin/fiddle. As a classically trained violist who is also a nationally touring singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, my breadth of knowledge is wide. I love sharing my skills as well as my enthusiasm for folk, classical and world music with people of all ages.
I teach children as well as adults—and especially love teaching multiple members of the same family.
Recital images by Steven Hertzog