About Me

I teach all ages, all levels, in my home studio in Frederick.  Throughout the pandemic, I taught online via Zoom; fortunately, I have returned to in-person lessons!  I have also taught at Anne Arundel Community College, School of Continuing Studies. I've been at it for 40 years, and absolutely love what I do.  My enthusiasm spills over into my teaching technique.  All of my students are eager to start lessons at the beginning of the year. As with many activities, occasionally interest tends to wane as the weeks move on.  My students may come to a lesson not having practiced for a week.  They leave having learned a new practice skill and anxious to apply it at home.  

I believe music is something to be shared.  Through my involvement with the Frederick County Music Teachers Association, my younger students have the opportunity to perform throughout the school year.  The Halloween Recital is always a favorite!  We sponsor a holiday performance in December, typically at Homewood at Crumland Farms, a local assisted living residence, allowing students to perform in a non-judgmental setting.  Students can earn community service hours at this recital.   We also host a Sonatina Festival in the spring at FCC, in addition to other performance opportunities. 

I host the formal Spring Recital in April.  I have been fortunate to hold this recital at All Saints Episcopal Church in downtown Frederick.  My little rowhouse won't accommodate students and parents; the church space allows the kids to invite family and friends to enjoy their musical success over the past year.  

I teach year round, including through the summer months.  Each summer has a theme.  One year, it was duets.  Twice I have had everyone, young and old, working on selections from Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals.  2020 marked the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth; we celebrated with a Facebook concert!  In addition to learning music by the great composer, we also learned Happy Birthday to You by ear.  

From "I've always wanted to play the piano" beginners to "It was my major, but it's been years" advanced students, my adults have many different reasons for approaching the keyboard.  My teaching style with each of my adult students, therefore, has to fit their needs and desires.  Although rarely do those reasons include performance, I have hosted Sunday afternoon soirees for those adults who want to participate.  Each participant approached the piano nervously. but left the spotlight with the biggest smile!

City of Frederick, mid-town above 7th St.

Tuesday - Thursday: Mornings, Afternoons, Evenings