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September 10, 2014

1. The age and readiness of your child.

I recommend pianists be at least 4 years old and string players be at least 6. All budding musicians should know the alphabet through G, the difference between left and right, numbers through 10, and preferably, how to read simple...

August 9, 2014

It's a struggle, isn't it? Most kids don't like to practice, even if they love music and their lessons. It's very rare to find a child who will practice without being told to do so, and if your child does, count your lucky stars!


Here are some things you can do to...

August 9, 2014

Sounds odd, doesn't it: Practice makes perfect. But it's true! In our world of music, the original saying is backwards.


One thing I like to explain to my students when we first begin our journey together is that your brain is smart: you can look at a piece of music...

May 20, 2014

My policies state that you are committed to the end of each month when terminating lessons, which means, if you quit mid-month, there is no refund. 

Here is an excellent blog post by my colleague, Libby Wiebel, which echoes my sentiments about terminating lessons quite...

December 27, 2013

There are many families who generously give me gifts for Christmas and occasionally for my birthday. While it is certainly not necessary, my favorite gifts are notes and pictures from my students! However, if you'd like to get me something more, here are some things yo...

June 1, 2012

Regular weekly lessons are required for successful musical studies. Therefore I have strict absence policies.

I define an excused absence as one that cannot be avoided. An unexcused absence can be avoided.

Here are some examples of each:

Excused absences – Illness, pre-sc...

December 21, 2011

There are as many styles of teaching as there are teachers.

There are as many styles of learning as there are students.


Finding a teacher with whom you or your child connects easily is a key component in successful musical studies. Many teachers will offer a trial lesso...

December 19, 2011

Every student, even the most motivated, will go through periods when he or she doesn't want to practice and speaks about quitting their lessons. These periods can last for a few days or even up to a month.

The most common occurrence is when the "thrill" of taking lesson...

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