Music is what feelings sound like. It speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.

The largest percentage of me is a musician.

I was forced by my mother in fourth grade to begin taking piano lessons. I hated her for that, for taking me into the city, for entrusting me to a stranger, for making me practice, for making me play boring pieces that refused to move me on any level.

But when my first piano teacher moved away when I was 14, I started teaching a group of her students. Once I began to teach I realized why my mother forced me to practice, why she made me play pieces I didn’t like, and I think I have learned more from teaching than I ever did as a student.

I will be forever grateful to my mother for pushing me to be better, to be great. We were created for greatness. Every one of us. That includes you!

I will push you, as my students, to be great. That will probably mean doing the same thing over and over again, playing pieces you don’t like, and being frustrated some of the time. But practice and frustration bring with it success, progress, and an exciting sense of achievement!

I live to see my students be successful, to watch each lightbulb go off as they progress through each skill and performance, and to create of self-sufficient pianist in each one of them.


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