B.A. Music Therapy (Primary – Voice; Secondary – Guitar, piano) Montclair State University.
23 years. WiPA; Childrens’ Specialized Hospital; Westfield Montessori; YMCA-Senior Citizen Center; Merck; Private lessons. Taught aural skills, piano, school plays, and early childhood group music classes in various outreach programs throughout the community. “Music Around the World” Summer camp program.
Early childhood through adult. Beginners are welcomed!
Piano, Ukulele, Recorder
What do students need to bring to their first lesson?
A willingness to learn and a smile.
Early Childhood: Singing, aural skills, rhythms, simple music concepts (loud/soft), and socialization. Piano: Posture, hand position, identifying and locating notes on the piano, introduce solfeggio, understanding the musical staff, and learn to play a song. Adults/Adolescents: Faster paced with mature/age appropriate content.
Various early chilhood music curriculums including Musikgarten, Kindermusik, and original material…Piano/Recorder: Bastien, Alfred, Snell, Czerny, Yamaha method books.
Weekly lessons are expected. I recommend students who are between 4.5-8 years old practice homework assignment exercises and songs to match their age (5yr-olds will practice a song 5 times daily, 6-yr. old will practice 6 times daily, etc.). Older students will collaborate with practice assignments.
Year-long and/or semester group piano classes, private/dyads, music therapy, and music theory (early childhood music) are available paths for all students.