"Thanks for your instruction and insights this semester. I have had 4 different piano teachers in the last 12 years, and I have never learned this much in one semester! I think that the most important thing I learned is how to listen to myself. It really opens up a new level of music for me. I am definitely looking forward to next semester!"                           - University of Minnesota student 

Teaching Subjects:

Piano, Music Theory, Wellness for Musician

Teaching Locations:

St. Paul Conservatory of Music, Mount Olivet School of Music, University of Minnesota

I have been teaching piano to all ages and levels for over nine years.  My students and colleagues often describe me as an enthusiastic, compassionate, inspiring, patient, encouraging, and knowledgeable teacher.


Through teaching, I have encountered and touched many lives.  I have helped them overcome their weakness, and nurtured their strength.  During their tough times when they were facing difficulty playing music, what seemed to be the only thing that pushed them forward was their love for music.  My teaching philosophy is to encourage each individual student to find and develop their love for music.  When there is joy in playing the piano, a student can overcome many obstacles, eventually becoming a musician who shares the love for music with others.

My emphasis in teaching is building proper technique without pain, as well as musicianship.  I have been invited as a guest speaker to give a lecture on performance injury prevention at summer festivals.

My students have participated in WMTA, MMTA, state Solo and Ensemble, and have been accepted into music programs at Universities in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

My teaching experience includes teaching private lessons at music schools and universities, as well as group piano classes for music majors and non-majors.  I have taught at the Continuing Education Program at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point.


I am currently teaching at the University of Minnesota, the St. Paul Conservatory of Music, and Mount Olivet School of Music.

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