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The daughter of two musicians, my mother a pianist and father a horn player, I was surrounded by music from the start. I began taking piano lessons from my mother around the age of five. When I was in the 5th grade I began studying the horn.
I attended Northwest Missouri State University, where I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in K-12 Instrumental Music Education. While at Northwest, I studied with Dr. Peggy Edwards. I earned the Master of Music degree in performance (piano) at Miami University (OH), where I studied piano with Dr. Robert Thomas.
The mission of my studio is to help each of my students develop a lifelong love of music through playing the piano or horn. It is my priority to make sure students are given the tools they need to reach their potential as musicians.
My studio curriculum includes repertoire, ear-training, sight-playing, technique, music theory, improvisation, performance practices, and composition. Lessons are tailored to the student's individual learning pace and interests. I use the American College of Musicians Guild Syllabus as an annual curriculum guide, and all students are expected to participate in yearly Guild Auditions.
I work with each student to select appropriate core instructional materials. Supplementary materials are used as needed to help students develop fully as pianists and musicians. These will include sheet music in various musical styles, pieces composed or arranged by the instructor, customized technical exercises as well as standard technique books, ear-training exercises, theory worksheets and music education software.
The six days between lessons are integral to the student's progress, so a portion of each lesson is also devoted to teaching the student how to practice. Students who learn good practice techniques and habits have a much better chance of becoming independent learners.
Please visit my web site at http://www.pianolex.com for more details.
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