I adapt my technique to each student’s individual needs and abilities. Once I get to know a student, I decide how to help him / her achieve the best results.
If I can impart technique and emotional musicianship to each student, while helping them forge their own relationship with music and encouraging them to have fun, then I am doing a good job as a teacher.
Twelve years. I am classically trained since childhood and piano was my major at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. I am an actor and singer as well, and my training in these areas influences the way I teach piano and accordion, and vice versa.
I’ve created a great side career playing the piano at Marie’s Crisis, an amazing Broadway sing-along bar in the West Village. I also play sat private parties in the style of what I do at Marie’s Crisis. It’s like music therapy, and it’s delightful and fulfilling to make people happy through this direct, chaotic musical interaction.
Even the simplest “thank you, I really enjoyed my lesson,” means the world to me, especially when I know it’s heartfelt and sincere. I feel so lucky that I get many such words of gratitude from my students.
I loved traveling to Ireland. It’s a beautiful country, and music is such an essential part of Irish culture and daily life. While there, I enjoyed listening to traditional Irish instruments like the bodhrán drum and uilleann pipes. I tried to play them but can’t say I’ve mastered the technique!
I speak a little Italian and would like to be more fluent, so I could sing in this beautiful language. I love listening to Andrea Bocceli!
Marin Mazzie, impeccable Broadway singer whose class, humor, voice and musicianship were a gift to anyone who heard her. And probably Mozart, because he was a genius and a little crazy.
Mine seem pretty not-unusual: photography, urban exploration, and cooking. My number one passion is music!
Aretha Franklin, The Commodores, Michael Jackson, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bach, R.E.M, Cyndi Lauper, Amy Winehouse.