Cindy is a wonderful instructor! She knows exactly how to design each lesson to meet my unique needs as a beginning guitar player. She has that special ability to teach the skills needed, while at the same time being so positive about my growth. I always leave our lesson feeling good about my playing and excited to practice the new skills she has taught me!
— Nancy Burke, guitar student

Why study music?

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
— Aldous Huxley

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.

Photo by  Jason Dailey

Photo by Jason Dailey

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

  • elevates creativity

  • 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.

When words fail, try music.

— Pete Seeger

Cindy's approach

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.


What instruments/Ages?

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. 

I would love to have the opportunity to expand your love of and appreciation for music - and in the process, life itself. Not to mention help you and/or your child’s brain light up! Please contact me if I can be of service to you and your family!
— Cindy

Recital images by Steven Hertzog