Teacher Profile

First Name
Last Name
Ann Arbor

Lesson Info

Travel to Homes?
Online Lessons?
As needed
K-8, High School, College, Adults
Levels Taught
Beginner, Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced
Musical Styles
Classical, Contemporary, Broadway & Movie Hits, Pop, Jazz & Blues, Theory, Composition, Chamber Music
Recitals, Competitions
Teaching Approach
I am passionate about helping piano students of all ages and all levels reach their full potential technically and musically while making every lesson challenging and enjoyable. I adjust my teaching approach to the learning style of each student. For instance, I have noticed that many students on the autism spectrum benefit from a highly structured approach, and it is really satisfying to see them making a lot of progress while having fun at their lessons. My teaching methods are based largely on what I learned from my wonderful world-renowned teachers. I teach an amazing weight-based piano technique that is both injury-resistant and virtuosic, and that enables pianists to play even the most difficult music effortlessly and expressively. I help my students develop an understanding of music theory for analysis, composition, improvisation, memorization, and performance. I encourage my students to play chamber music, which is both educational and fun. And I focus on high-level interpretation from the very first lesson.

Background Info

I have a Bachelor of Music degree from the South African School of Music at the University of Cape Town, a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music in New York, and a Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University in Bloomington. And I have state certification from the Michigan Music Teachers Association as well as national certification from the Music Teachers National Association.
Growing up, I studied with Adolph Hallis, who taught Anton Nel. Lamar Crowson of the Melos Ensemble, the teacher of Stephen de Groote, taught me when I was an undergraduate at the South African School of Music at the University of Cape Town. Artur Balsam, the teacher of Murray Perrahia, was my professor while I was a master of music student at the Manhattan School of Music in New York. And I studied with Menahem Pressler, the acclaimed pianist of the Beaux Arts Trio, as a doctoral student at Indiana University in Bloomington.