About My Teaching
I have been teaching piano in the Lexington and Arlington, MA area for about thirty years.
My approach to teaching beginners is up-to-date, yet conventional, in the best of the American tradition. Parents and beginning students benefit from my use of method books that have a solid, clear curriculum. While learning to play, my beginning students gain a thorough knowledge of the rudiments of music. My students find the lessons to be genuinely enjoyable.
I also have substantial experience teaching at the college level, though I enjoy working with students at all levels of advancement. I also feel comfortable and competent in working with most transfer students who have been taught using other approaches.
For years I have taught at a studio in the Lexington Music School, located in the Munroe Center for the Arts building in Lexington, MA.
Throughout the school year, my students have opportunities to perform for each other at informal workshops. In June we have a formal recital.
I earned my Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance at Boston University. I have studied with Tong-Il Han, Maria Clodes-Jaguaribe, Boris Berman, Raymond Hansen, and Fred Broer.
I am Artistic Director of the Peregrine Consort, a period-instruments ensemble focused on performing the Cantatas of J.S. Bach. I am a co-founder of the Opal Ensemble, a chamber music ensemble presenting new works and neglected but deserving works in a concert series in Arlington. I serve as pianist for the Lexington High School choruses. I serve as pianist for the Lexington Symphony. I have published a volume of original compositions for organ.
I am well-known in the Lexington area from my frequent appearances as solo recitalist, soloist with orchestra and collaborative musician. It's helpful for the students to see and hear their teacher performing live. I also try to encourage the students to go to some of the many local music events in the area. With so much music going on, young pianists have many chances to attend a variety of inspiring (and motivating) concerts.
You are welcome to contact me to set up a no-obligation meeting to discuss the piano lessons before you agree to start. With children it is important that at least one parent be present at this meeting.