Where are Lessons Offered
In Teacher Studio
In Student Home
I have enjoyed teaching since I began at 15 years of age. I currently teach at all levels in studios in the Twin Cities and West Central Minnesota.
As a college graduate I was hired by the Vienna Conservatory of Music to teach piano and coach voice. During my years in Europe, I performed concerts in the Vienna Festivals, composed and performed for Austrian theater and cinema, and served on the faculty of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz as a German Lied coach.
I coached on faculties with Geoffrey Parsons and Martin Katz, John Wustman at Valparaiso and worked with singers and teachers, Elizabeth Holleque, Julie Prohaska, Glenn Winslade, Ricardo Visus, Elio Battaglia, Georg Tichy, Waldemar Kmennt, and Christa Ludwig among others.
I toured as a founding member of Cantares de Espana with Spanish tenor, Ricardo Visus, performing concerts in Austria, Spain, Switzerland and the United States under the auspices of arts organizations, universities, and the Spanish Ministry of Culture.
Over the last fifteen years I developed creative process workshops for use in education at all levels and founded a non-profit for advancing creativity in communities.
My Musical Education Background
Certificate of Independent Study - Vienna Conservatory of Music
BA - MSUM, MN
University of Vienna-German
MRE-Western Theological Seminary
Piano pedagogy and performance graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, where I studied with Ernest and Nancy Harris. Student, accompanist and musical director for university productions as well as the Fargo-Moorhead Civic Opera Company.
Assistant Director/Accompanist/Intern-First International Course for Interpretation of Spanish Musicin Madrid.
Year abroad in Austria studying accompanying and coaching at the Conservatory of Vienna with Hans Peter Schilly and Kurt Richter. That year, as a student of Professor Hammer (principal timpanist in the Vienna Symphony) I had the unusual honor of becoming the first female percussionist to perform publicly with an orchestra in Vienna.
Genres and Subjects Taught
While no one can promise a career in piano, finding each student's potential is guaranteed.
The focus is on learning how to play the instrument by means of technique, reading, improvisation. Repertoire and theory are based on student interests and abilities, using notation as a guide to comprehension, musicianship and performance. Methods are chosen and tailored to each student. Recordings are made of pieces learned and made available to students online.
Electronic keyboard is used for experimentation and layered composition.
Unless otherwise arranged all lessons are one-hour.
Ten-week tuition plan: $50.00/hour
Family rate: 10% discount for each additional child
Single lessons: $75.00/extended lesson
Bi-monthly lessons: $60/hr.
Half-hour lessons are possible by arrangement.
Some scholarships may apply.
Ages / Skill Levels Taught
While age 9 is an optimum age for fast progress and highly recommended, there are many exceptions. All ages and levels are accepted by arrangement.
My Certifications and Awards
My Musical Influences
My teachers were classically trained and of course, European masters, colleagues, coaches and conductors all influence how I learned.
My early teaching experience was invaluable as a teenager, but the music itself and the instrument are the best teachers.
Other influences are children's songs, modern influences, popular Basque, Asian and other world music.
It is good to experience specific classical training in order to apply it to individual interests.
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