What I Offer
Success in learning frequently depends on finding the right Piano Instructor; someone who not only plays well, but also teaches well; they understand how to motivate and inspire others. They relate well with their student; they're the coach and cheerleader. My teaching style focuses on skills training, but also emphasizes self-exploration and discovering a passion for something new. I strive to make each lesson FUN; learning to play shouldn't feel like a chore. Through on and off the bench activities, I keep students engaged and enjoying the learning process.
Take a look at the lessons I provide and choose the right one for you.
Piano for Preschoolers
Get a head start in music, math and life!
As a well renowned Lakeland area Piano Instructor since 2000, I guide little ones beginning their journey of piano lessons.
An encouraging first experience in music lessons is critical to your child's enjoyment of the piano. The WunderKeys program has been designed to be that and more! Lessons are tailored to meet the needs of preschool-aged children and to ensure that their first lesson experience is positive and enjoyable.
The developmental abilities of 3-5 year old children are very different than that of 6 year old and older; which most piano methods are written for. The WunderKeys preschool piano program lessons are spent exploring the piano in ways in which younger children are capable. Lessons are geared towards having them understand everything they will need to know before being able to read notated music.
Preschoolers will have an all- encompassing piano lesson in which they will participate in five different and unique activities that will ensure they remain focused, engaged, active and happy. For many students beginning the WunderKeys program, this is their first experience one-on-one with an adult other than their parents. It's their first opportunity to be independent, to feel as though they have ownership over their own learning, and to feel pride in their individual accomplishments. The program is designed to foster feelings of confidence, self-esteem, and the joy of learning.
Beginners Group Lessons
Everything's Better with a Friend!
Group lessons are at the forefront of piano instruction!
This dynamic learning environment provides students the opportunity to develop their ability to play the piano along side other students in a fun, supportive environment. Group lessons build a sense of community among students. They stay motivated to practice because their group is their piano team- they don't want to let their team down. There's a sense of enthusiasm and motivation that happens in group lessons that just can't be achieved in a solo individual lesson.
Groups can also be loud. They learn to play together. Through playing together they develop a greater sense of rhythm and tempo. Students who learn in group settings, become strong performers and have less performance fear because they have so much experience playing in front of others. We also use theory games and have lots of friendly competition.
Groups provide students with a greater sense of comfort because the spotlight isn't always on them. The teacher isn't always sitting right next to them listening and watching their every move, so they become more relaxed; thus, giving them the courage to explore the piano and get creative.
Group lesson subjects are: reading notation, aural training, sight reading and theory, but also include: improvisation, group performance, duets and trios, technology based learning, basic composition and more! Students are grouped with others that are similar in age and ability level. Lessons are 30 or 45 minutes scheduled at the same time each week. For ages 6 and older.
As an experienced and passionate Piano Instructor, I believe in an approach that gives students positive, constructive ways to learn. I design my lessons according to my students’ needs, with an emphasis on confidence-boosting activities.
Individual lessons are best for students who are adults or who have advanced to the intermediate level.
Lessons are 30 or 45 minutes, scheduled at the same time each week. Lessons are never cookie cutter; they tailored to the individual student and what their music wants, needs and goals are. Lessons combine theory, technique, notation, rhythm exercises, improvisation, basic composition and history.
Though method books are important, the student will never be limited to only playing from their book. Students will have the opportunity to learn many genres. From classical, modern- contemporary, lyrical, pop, jazz, hymn/spiritual music, students learn to love and appreciate the value of all music.
If you're interested in lessons, but don't know if you can fit them into your schedule, online lessons are available. You can learn from the comfort of your own home. All you need is a computer webcam or tablet. The studio uses Zoom.