MTNA Nationally Certified Teacher of Music
M.M. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy
Welcome! If you’re considering piano lessons, you might want to know a bit about me.
I’ve been teaching piano in Louisville for more than 25 years. My piano studio is in my home in Louisville’s Highlands neighborhood, easily accessible from the Watterson Expressway via Taylorsville and Bardstown Roads.
Though I’ve had numerous students go on to major in music and make a careers as musicians and music educators, I love working with all kinds of students. Most will not make music their life’s work, but music and the skills developed in the study of piano will certainly shape their lives.
My students enjoy coming to lessons, and they enjoy playing. I encourage all of them to participate in recitals, school talent shows, piano festivals and workshops, and a variety of adjudicated events such as Piano Guild and the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program. They play for each other in our three Saturday performance classes held just before each of our public recitals.
I have a bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance and a master’s degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy. In 1990, I received the D.H. Baldwin Fellowship Award for Excellence in Teaching, a national award designed to recognize talented music teachers and help them establish private studios.
I’m a nationally certified teacher in the Music Teachers National Association. I’m active in the Kentucky Music Teachers Association, and am a past-president of the Greater Louisville Music Teachers Association.
In addition to running an independent piano studio for many years, I have also taught class piano at the University of Louisville School of Music and class piano, private piano, and music theory at Bellarmine University.
For most of my adult life, I’ve worked part-time as a church musician too–sometimes as organist, pianist, or both. Currently, I serve part-time on the music staff at Christ Church United Methodist here in Louisville.
When I’m not doing music-related things, I enjoy gardening, taking photographs, and being a computer geek. If you hang around my house during piano lessons, you’re likely to see someone walk in to drop off a broken computer for me to fix.
Feel free to ask for more information, and please browse the other pages here on the studio website. I’d love to talk to you about piano lessons.
I enjoy improvising.
Collaborative performing is the kind of playing I do most.
Occasionally, I compose pieces for my students. Here’s a recent sample.