Significant teachers and mentors:
Mary Sauer, György Sebók, Philip Morehead, Ann Schein
Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise:
Teaching Suzuki piano gives me the opportunity to develop my students' talent beginning at a very early age. I teach each student as an individual. To help them reach their greatest potential, I am committed to figuring out how they learn most effectively, developing their technique, tapping into their creativity, and helping them express themselves through music.
Professional affiliations & activities:
Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Illinois State Music Teachers Association (ISMTA), Chicago Area Music Teachers Association (CAMTA), and Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA).
Co-Chair of the CAMTA Roberta Savler Piano Competition. Adjudicator for numerous competitions and festivals. Qualified teacher for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) theory program. Member of the planning committee with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Emmanuel Ax for the Keys to the City Youth Piano Showcase (2012). Author of articles on piano pedagogy for Keyboard Companion (now Clavier Companion).
Interests outside of music:
LOVE dogs...I was the orginal founding member of the first official dog beach in Chicago. Practice yoga and Feldenkrais. Enjoy entertaining guests with great food, etc.
Favorite composer or piece to play:
So many--- Beethoven late String Quartets, J.S. Bach Goldberg Variations, Rachmaninoff Songs, and music of Lili Boulanger.