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Biography
I started playing piano when I was eight years old and won competitions in the Hartford area before the age of 17. I began teaching in 1998 while I was studying in the Hartt School Community Division under Margreet Francis but I first learned about the Taubman Approach in 2003. This has had a profound effect on my teaching. I hold a BA in Music from Bowdoin College where my teacher was Joyce Moulton and a MM in Piano Performance from the Hartt School where I studied with David Westfall. I also studied with Gerald Stofsky in Vienna, Austria. Currently I continue to study the Taubman Approach with Robert Durso, Senior Faculty Member of the Golandsky Institute. I have performed abroad and in the U.S. as both soloist and collaborative performer and have played in masterclasses with world-class artists. I am currently active as both a teacher and performer in the greater Hartford area. My loyal studio consists of students ranging in age from four to older adult and in ability from beginner to conservatory student. I appreciate differences in learning styles and I am very patient, gentle, and thorough.

Philosophy
In my view, the study of music should be rewarding and deeply enjoyable. I believe it is possible for anyone to learn and share in the joy of music and I value the individuality of each student that enters my studio. It is my responsibility to help my students gain access to the world of music and I am committed to teaching them the necessary tools and discipline needed to continue seriously exploring music for a lifetime. After studying the Taubman Approach for six years, and as I continue to study it, I have found it to be the most efficacious and efficient philosophy to guarantee that my students move consistently forward. In a nutshell, the Taubman Approach is a groundbreaking analysis of the mostly invisible movements that lie beneath a virtuoso technique. As a body of information, it helps pianists overcome technical limitations and keeps us from getting playing-related injuries. It is also used to teach the expressive elements of piano playing, including tone production and rhythmic vitality. I believe everyone stands to benefit from this teaching, regardless of how far one wishes to go in music. For the more advanced pianist, what seemed impossible becomes possible. One gains freedom and ease in playing, and as a result, he or she has a greater and more varied palette of musical expression. In addition to the Taubman Approach, I stress the importance of a well-rounded musical education which is fostered through much listening, ear training, sight reading, and music theory. I teach the traditional classical repertoire as well as music being composed today. My students perform in two recitals every year.

The Studio
My studio is nestled in a peaceful and bucolic section of Bloomfield, Connecticut on the side of Talcott Mountain. There is ample parking and the waiting room looks out on a tranquil forest. I have a 1916 Steinway Model O and a 44" Yamaha upright as well as a serious and extensive LP and CD collection with stereo system and an impressive and far-reaching collection of scores.

For more information regarding lessons please call or e-mail.

 
Studio Location
Bloomfield, Connecticut
 
Phone
(860) 508-5734
 
 
Website
www.pianoteachers.com
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