Redwood City CA | 94063
I have loved the harpsichord for years, and I have several of those -- a large French Two - Keyboard from the SF Conservatory, plus smaller ones, including a "virginal" I played at the Renaissance Faire. I played original harpsichords in Europe! Besides those, I have a "Parlor Grand" piano plus electric keyboards and I let all students try different instruments. I know just enough violin to sometimes do easy accompaniments with the beginners. When April Fools' is near a weekend, I like to host a fun recital for that, in addition to regular annual recitals.
I'm a "Baroquenik", that is, I love music before 1750! But, I use standard beginners' methods and repertoire and encourage students to try everything. I compose easy tunes, usually about pets, for beginners. I encourage easy duet-playing. So much can be learned by playing with others. Humor is also important, as in the April Fools' recital. Music is about joy and sometimes laughter.
For starters, most lessons are 1/2 hour long. They can later expand to 45 minutes or 1 hour, but that depends on goals and needs. I use Theory lessons from whatever method we're on (usually Alfred or Bastien) but, sometimes, I invent extra exercises. Repertoire is from the method and level we're on, but I either purchase supplements or write them.
Education and Accreditation
BA in English with Music Minor, University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN) -- Martha Ivory
MA in Music (emphasis on history and harpsichord), Lone Mountain College (San Francisco, CA) -- Dr. Wyatt Insko
Master classes with Gustav Leonhardt, University of California, Berkeley, and SF Conservatory --Laurette Goldberg
Piano studies at MacPhail School of Music, Minneapolis, MN -- Elsie Campbell Cadieux
Member, Music Teachers' Asssociation of California; Member, Phi Beta Fraternity; listed in Marquis Who's Who
Monday 2 PM - 6 PM
Tuesday 3 PM - 6 PM
Wednesday 3 PM - 5 PM
Friday 3 PM -5 PM
Saturday 1130 AM - 2 PM