Note: I am currently teaching all lessons online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will switch back to in-person lessons at K&S once it is safe to do so.
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.
How I teach:
I tend to be upbeat, sociable, and enthusiastic, and my teaching style reflects that that. Each student is greeted with a smile! More importantly, though, my lessons are not socially stratified—I am the student's superior. Instead, both the student and I are collaborators. This allows students to explore the many complicated forms of musical knowledge in an intuitive way. My greatest goal is to help each student excel at music by enjoying the process.
What I teach:
My lessons have a mostly classical focus. Beginning students start out with a method book, and as they progress I transition them to canonical repertoire with pieces by Bach, Telemann, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schumann, Kabalevsky, Bartok, and other big names, as well as contemporary composers in classical, jazz, and pop styles. Students are welcome to introduce whatever music they'd like in addition to what I assign 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 with the student. Whatever a student is interested in, we can find a way to make it a meaningful learning experience.
Who I teach:
Everyone! I offer lessons to anyone who's interested and who is willing and able to put in the time and effort. I've gotten a few calls over the years from parents wondering whether their kids with special needs can learn to play the piano. Based on my experience so far, the answer most often is Yes. Students with ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, dyslexia, auditory processing disorder, emotional disorders, physical limitations, and other conditions are all capable of learning to play the piano. Having lived with obsessive-compulsive disorder for as long as I can remember, I have some insight into what it's like to be neurologically different. (I remember what it was like to be a quirky kid!) Where there's any interest in learning music, I want to help develop that interest into a skill.