I am no longer teaching private students at home. A list of teachers who are currently accepting new students may be found on the Tulsa Accredited Music Teachers Association website. Students over 16 are welcome to inquire about taking lessons through Tulsa Community College (see link below). Thank you!
Where are the lessons held?
I teach private lessons at my home studio in Riverview, just south of downtown Tulsa near 15th and Denver. I also teach private and class piano lessons at Tulsa Community College‘s southeast campus; please contact TCC directly for registration information.
What ages and levels do you teach?
I teach all levels, from beginner to advanced/college level, starting at age 5 (for children who have already started to read letters/words) and continuing through adult. Beginners of any age are welcome. Beyond the ‘traditional’ ages for piano students (elementary through high school), I have worked with younger children, children with learning and behavioral issues, and adults of all levels. I will be happy to talk with you about the needs of your particular student!
What is your teaching and educational background?
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance and a Master’s degree in Piano Pedagogy, and I am a Nationally Certified Teacher of Piano. I began teaching private and group piano lessons in Seattle in 1996 at my home and with the “Move Over Mozart” program. When I moved to California in 1998 I continued with a private studio, and also as a faculty member of the Monterey Street Music Academy in Gilroy and the Skousen School of Music (now the Peery Piano Academy) in Mountain View. In January 2012, I joined the piano faculty at Tulsa Community College’s Southeast Campus, teaching both private and class piano.
From June 2007-2009 I was the Coordinator for District II (San Francisco Bay Area) of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers. I am now a member of the Oklahoma Music Teacher’s Association and Tulsa Accredited Music Teachers Association and have served as the Vice President for TAMTA; currently, I am the chair for the TAMTA Fall Festival. In California, I had students participate successfully at several levels in the CAPMT Piano Auditions and MTAC Certificate of Merit, and I have served as an evaluator/adjudicator for these events as well as for the Oklahoma Federation of Music Clubs, the TAMTA Music Festival, and the OMTA District and State Achievement Auditions.
What is a Nationally Certified Teacher?
The Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA) has created a certification program to verify that certified teachers possess a common body of knowledge that will allow them to uphold the high standards of the Association. Certified teachers must provide letters of recommendation from established teachers, evidence of a bachelor’s degree in music (or the equivalent, through history and theory tests and public performances), and written records of two years of teaching experience. They must then pass a rigorous written test which covers teaching skills, repertoire knowledge, and ideas on how to communicate and establish rapport with students. As of July 2012, I hold permanent national certification in piano!
How much practice time is necessary?
The student should, ideally, practice for the length of his/her lesson; very young children or beginners should practice for 15-20 minutes. Practicing should consist of repeating each of the assigned pieces 3-5 times, with additional work on isolated trouble spots. Scales, theory assignments, and flash cards should also be part of daily practice.
Can I use a keyboard?
While it may be necessary due to financial constraints to use a keyboard, it is not recommended. Children, especially, need the finger strength and muscle development that only comes from playing an acoustic or digital piano with fully weighted keys. Pianos can be rented for a reasonable monthly rate from local piano stores.
What else will I need?
Beginning students will benefit greatly from a set of basic flash cards, and more advanced students will be expected to practice with a metronome.
What if we are late or have to cancel a lesson?
If you are late to your lesson, the lesson will still end at the agreed-upon time, as there may be students after you who have a schedule to keep. Lessons that are cancelled without a 24-hour notice will not be made up, nor will a refund be offered.
How do we find the right books?
Books that I require will either be purchased by me and sold to you (to minimize confusion), or I can send you an online link to the book(s) at Amazon or Sheet Music Plus so that you can buy them yourself. Please feel free, however, to visit your local music store and look for your own particular interests! There are excellent books at many different levels for lovers of classical, folk and ethnic, Broadway, jazz and ragtime, Disney and movie scores, and New Age music.
Do you have student recitals?
As I currently have very few young students, I am not holding recitals at this time.
How can I contact you?
E-mail me. (preferred method of contact)
Text or voicemail: 918-924-5321