I am a teacher of piano and music theory in my home studio in Watsonville, California, overlooking the beautiful Corralitos Valley, where I have been teaching since 1980. My students have ranged from age three to seventies, beginners to advanced.
Most students take four lessons most months on two concert quality grand pianos in my studio (pictured here), a circa 1980 Steinway and Sons and a beautifully restored 1915 Mason and Hamlin.
As far as I know, I am unique as a piano teacher in that I have never encountered another teacher who combines Suzuki/every child can learn with method books for reading --and combines National Guild evaluations as a complement of Music Teachers' Association of California Certificate of Merit.
After demonstrating a base of Suzuki and reading skills, most of my students embark on studying the four periods of Classical music, jazz, and popular music, as well as build technical skills, all of which lead to understanding of music theory, which I see as being the verbal component of music; it’s the language of music.
For more than 20 years, I have been serving as Santa Cruz Branch Chair for the MTAC Certificate of Merit program and regularly performing in the Branch piano ensemble group/CPE.
When I am not pursuing musical activities, I also greatly enjoy cooking, gardening, entertaining friends and family, dancing, attending theater, concerts, opera, movies, visiting family in Santa Barbara and Tunisia, reading the New Yorker, historical novels, biographies and mysteries, studying languages, attending MTAC annual conventions for enrichment, and taking regular training through Apple to better use technology, my MacBook, iPhone, and iPad. In short, I’m a perpetual student.
If you would like to know more about me, please check out the links on this page, and contact me if you have questions. Thanks for visiting my website.