Piano instructor and composer
Whether just beginning or already experienced, six years old or sixty years old, everyone has something to gain from piano lessons. I teach students of all ages at a wide range of skill levels at K&S Conservatory of Music in Woodbury, Minnesota.
Who I teach:
Everyone! I offer lessons to musicians of all ages and abilities who have the desire to put in the time and effort. Neurodiversity is one of my specialties, so I welcome autistic students, as well as those with ADHD, dyslexia, auditory processing disorders, emotional disorders, physical disabilities, and trauma. Having lived with obsessive-compulsive disorder and ADHD for as long as I can remember, I have some insight into what it's like to be neurologically different. Where there's any interest in learning music, I want to help develop that interest into a skill!
What I teach:
My lessons have a largely classical focus. Beginning students start out with a method book, and as they progress we transition to a collaborative framework where the only "requirement" is student input. We choose from canonical repertoire with pieces by Bach, Telemann, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schumann, Kabalevsky, Bartok, and other big names, as well as music by contemporary pedagogical composers in classical, jazz, and pop styles. Students are welcome to introduce whatever music they'd like in addition to suggested pieces I find for them. If they have something special in mind that they'd like to play, I'm always happy to try to find it—and if I can't find it, I'll write an arrangement myself, or co-arrange it with the student. Whatever a student is interested in, we can find a way to make it a meaningful learning experience.
How I teach:
Cheerful, collaborative, adaptable.
I'm an optimistic and inquisitive person, and my teaching style reflects that. Each student is greeted with a smile at every lesson. My lessons are not socially stratified—I am emphatically not the student's superior. Instead, both the student and I are collaborators in their music study. This allows students to feel more comfortable taking risks, encouraging them to explore many different ways of understanding music. My greatest goal is to help each student excel at music by enjoying the process. Along the way, we explore their interests and discover new ones, and I reflect and get feedback to see if there are ways I can adapt my approach to better serve the them.
Fall/spring schedule: Monday through Friday, 3:00-9:00 p.m.
Summer schedule: Monday through Thursday, 2:00-8:00 p.m.
I teach at at K&S Conservatory of Music, 1976 Wooddale Dr #1, Woodbury, MN 55125. Look for a sign saying "KLM Engineering," and then keep left as you enter the driveway. Once you reach the parking lot, we're in the righthand wing of the building.
When I was six years old, inspired by the overture to The Phantom of the Opera, I decided I wanted to play the pipe organ. Since we didn't have a pipe organ at home (and we weren't about to install one, no matter how nicely I asked), I decided I wanted to take piano lessons instead. I fell in love with the piano immediately, and that's where my obsession with music started. I don't attribute any of my musical ability to some special gift or innate "sense" of music. Instead, I attribute it to having been immersed in music for my entire life, with piano lessons, band, choir, jazz, recitals, concerts, college courses—I owe immense gratitude to all the wonderful music teachers I've had over the past 25-plus years, as well as to my parents for getting me started and supporting me wholeheartedly all the way.
Born and raised in Morris, Minnesota, I now live in Woodbury with my husband, Vamsi. I have a B.A. in music from the University of Minnesota, Morris and a Master of Arts in Music Education from the University of St. Thomas. I teach piano lessons five days a week and spend much of the rest of my time practicing, composing, and studying. When not engaged in music, I can be found riding my bike (with a helmet, of course!), eating far more than my fair share of donuts, or pretending to be a gardener (we have perennials, so they pretty much take care of themselves). And someday, I really would like to have a pipe organ at home.