Garland TX | 75044
Music and beauty are major themes in my studio. Music is the ball, life is the playing field, the teacher is the coach, and the student is participant. Moving the ball requires knowledge of musicianship which in turn promotes character development and life skills for the participants. As students experience making music and develop their listening skills, I seek to enable them to discover the music that resides within their heart. Ultimately, I believe that music can prepare students to experience a greater depth of meaning and understanding in their lives.
Students receive extensive instruction and application in the areas of Piano Technique, Performance, and Music Theory. In addition, I offer many opportunities to enter competitions and festivals in order to put these disciplines into practice. 85% of my students who have entered festivals have received "Superior" ratings.
Beginning students do well with half hour lessons and transition to having one hour lessons. In order to adequately teach theory, technique, repertoire and general musicianship skills, I have found that one hour is an absolute necessity.
The tuition year is August through July. For those beginning lessons in August, tuition will be spread over the 12 month period. Many find that this arrangement is the easiest on their budgets. If a student begins after August, tuition will be calculated monthly according to how many lessons will be given each month. Invoices are emailed at the end of the month.
Students who commit to working with the teacher will:
•Have the joy of using music as a gift to serve God and to share with people in homes and in public venues.
•Have the ability to discover and understand the theoretical structure of a piece.
•Have the ability to independently work out a piece from unknown to mastered. Regularly play piano for fun, self-expression, and as an emotional outlet.
•Have a general knowledge of Western art music history and its greatest composers.
•Enjoy listening to classical music more as a result of increased knowledge of theory and history.
•Realize the positive influence that piano study has on life, such as:
•the friendships and community ties established as a result of their active musicianship;
•increased confidence, poise, and perseverance;
•enhanced life skills, such as how to divide a project into sequential tasks and how it feels to reach fulfillment of challenging goals; and
•character development in the skills of delayed gratification and self-discipline.
•Remember piano lessons as a positive experience.
•Regard himself or herself as a "pianist".
Education and Accreditation
Bachelor of Arts degree at California State University at Fullerton, majoring in Music with a special emphasis in Piano Pedagogy and Accompanying. Studied under Rita Fuzsek and Earle Voorhies.
Masters degree in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1981. As an ordained minister, served in ministry as a pianist, music director, choir director, arranger and composer for 26 years.
Masters degree in Music Education from Southern Methodist University, 2005. Studied with Dr. Carol Leone, Head of the Piano Department.
Member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)
Member of Texas Music Teachers Association (TMTA)
Member and Board Member of Richardson Music Teachers Association (RMTA)
Monday 9am - 9pm
Tuesday 9am - 9pm
Wednesday 9am - 9pm
Thursday 9am - 9pm
Friday 9am - 9pm
Saturday N/A - N/A
Sunday N/A - N/A