Where are Lessons Offered
In Teacher Studio
In Student Home
I started taking piano lessons from my mother (who is also a piano teacher) since age 3 and have loved music all my life! I have over 17 years of teaching experience and my goal as a teacher is to help my students discover and nurture their love of music. I also love reading, singing, jamming with our worship team at church, spending time with my husband and our dog Gunner, and doing outdoor activities.
My Musical Education Background
I started teaching during my high school years, helping my mother with her own piano studio at home. I graduated from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ in 2000 with a Bachelor of Music degree double majoring in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy, minor in Voice. In 2002 I received my Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from Northwestern University in Illinois. Since then I've been teaching both privately from home and also at Merit School of Music in Chicago.
Genres and Subjects Taught
I teach students range from 5 year-old to adult students, teaching in the classical style. I am involved in church worship teams as a pianist/keyboardist/singer for the past 15 years and can also give lessons on how to improvise and play in the modern Christian praise music style.
$30 - 1/2 hour lesson
$45 - 45 minute lesson
$60 - 1 hour lesson
I would recommend starting with 30-minute lessons with beginners, then we can discuss longer lesson time as we progress.
Ages / Skill Levels Taught
Age 5 - Adult students welcome. It's never too late to start learning!
My Certifications and Awards
My Musical Influences
I've always loved music by Claude Debussy and music from impressionistic era. The way the notes flow into each other always makes me think of flowing water and calming seas. I also love the late romantic period, especially music by Sergei Rachmaninoff. Being a christian I really enjoy listening to music by Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, and Jeremy Camp.
My son started taking piano lessons when he was 6 and Joyce was his first teacher. She was great at explaining techniques in a way that he could understand and was very patient. She cares for her students and is very warm. As a result, my son loved playing piano. I attribute a lot of that to Joyce's teaching and kind spirit. Since she moved, it has been hard to find another teacher like her.
My boys went through a few different piano teachers before starting with Joyce. They automatically took to her style and personality. She warmly encouraged their learning styles, helped develop their theory & technique, and honed in on their skills. She helped facilitate their liking of piano and practice times! She is well qualified and will listen to any concerns and areas of growth you desire/aspire to. We miss her dearly and her dog Gunner is awesome too!
Both of my kids took the piano lessons from Joyce at age 5 and 7. We all love her warm and nurturing teaching style. Joyce really know how to encourage kids and inspire their love for music. Taking Joyce's lessons is fun, a good learning and discipline experience for both of my girl and boy. Although Joyce had moved to Florida, they still missed Joyce's piano lessons.