9 Virginia Court
New Orleans, LA 70124
Types of Lessons Offered
- Piano Lessons
My Musical Education Background
I started taking piano at age 7 in second grade from a nun at St Therese School in Jackson Mississippi. My parents bought a piano which was hard to believe (not knowing if i was going to continue) But they had 7 children and i was the oldest girl so i assumed they wanted others to play as well. I ended up teaching my 2 younger sisters to play. To this day, my brothers wonder why they never learned music.!
I remember my grandparents had pianos in Biloxi, Ms and there was always singing at Christmastime. But the houses and all contents were ruined in Hurricane Camille in 1969.
In college i took a few piano courses but really began playing when I moved to New Orleans and began to play at mass at St Anthony of Padua Church on Canal street. I have never stopped playing for masses (and weddings and funerals) since the 1980s.
I have had a chance to play at numerous churches in New Orleans but the most incredible is the St Louis Cathedral in the french quarter. So much history there and a breathtaking building, both inside and out.
Genres and Subjects Taught
I teach beginner piano to intermediate. Starting at age 6.
I use the Bastien method with piano and theory books. Also I use Repetoire books from Alfred and I teach from the Festival music selections. Students play in recitals twice a year. Once at the Holiday time and once at the end of the school year in May at a local piano store. I try to make Piano FUN and educational as well. I do assign theory homework.
$20.00 per half hour lesson. During the school year, students pay once a month, $80.00 per month. Makeup lessons are the responsibility of the student. If they cannot make up a lesson within the week, they lose it. I try to be as flexible as possible. I teach Monday thru Saturday but also do makeup lessons often on Sunday.
During the summer, students just pay per lesson as it is a very flexible and relaxed schedule. (I travel in the summertime)
Ages / Skill Levels Taught
age 6 and up.
My Certifications and Awards
I am certified to teach the Scott Houston Play Piano in a Flash method which is a method teaching notes in the treble clef and chords in the bass clef.
Also the Musical Moments method which is ensemble playing - many students playing together with keyboards while a cd plays the accompaniment.
My experience is mainly from teaching privately in my home for 12 years. Also I am the principal pianist at 2 churches: St Dominics and St Jerome. I substitute at 4 other churches in town.
My Musical Influences
Living in New Orleans, the city with one of the richest musical heritages in the country, the list of my musical influences is long. But I started off hearing Professor Longhair play piano in the 1970s at a place called Tipitina's. He created his own distinctive style and is legendary. Many others have followed in his footsteps and presented their own style. Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, Jon Cleary, Davell Crawford, David Torkanowsky, John Gros, Marcia Ball. Also bands like the Neville Brothers, Radiators, the Iguanas, Snooks Eaglin, Anders Osborne, and cajun and zydeco bands like Bruce Daigrepont, Buckwheat Zydeco, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, Gene Delafose, Terrence Simeon.
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