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I first started piano lessons when I was six years old, which I suppose is pretty typical. My mom had always loved music and had told herself that if she ever had a daughter, she would make her into a pianist. I guess that means I have her determination and foresight to thank for setting me on my career path…and for making me practice all those years! Nonetheless, although it was my mom who got me started, it was after college, where I double-majored in Music and European History, that I decided to pursue music whole-heartedly, and since then I haven’t looked back.
After finishing a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance, I went on to receive a DMA in Collaborative Piano. My commitment to and curiosity about music began to expand further through the opportunities to play and share ideas with other musicians. I especially loved playing chamber music because it compels us to listen and interact. It also teaches us to be thoughtful about the totality of the music; meaning that there might be times to be soloistic and times to blend and support other voices. In my mind, this reflects the ways in which human beings interact with one another outside of music as well. Sounds familiar, right? I think music is so fascinating because it can really serve as a tool to reveal things about yourself, to see connections between things that are not so obvious, and to develop intellectually, socially, and interpersonally.
As a teacher, I try to develop the whole person. I try to make my students understand why music is written the way it is and how to physically realize and interpret this language so that they can convey the feeling, character, and ideas of the music to the best of their abilities. Communication is central in learning and performing music, making it a powerful and useful language for young people to learn. More than perhaps any other line of study, it encourages a kind of mingling of the left and right brain, striving for the perfect balance between the mind, heart, body and spirit.
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