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I am a classically trained pianist and vocalist with over 30 years of performance and teaching experience. My home studio is Avanti Piano Studio, located in Danbury, Connecticut. I am now currently enrolling new piano students of all ages and levels. I am a patient and experienced teacher with a friendly, supportive manner, and am comfortable with many musical genres. I plan studio events throughout the year that are designed to engage and motivate young learners, as well as provide a supportive community feeling for mature students. I am excited to be able to serve this wonderful community through music.

I began my piano studies very early in life, learning to read music before I learned to read words. It was the beginning of a lifelong love for the piano. I have a Bachelor's degree in Piano Performance and a Master's degree in Vocal Accompanying. My principal studies were with Maria Clodes-Jaguaribe and Allen Rogers. Currently I am a regular soloist and choir leader at First Presbyterian of Fairfield Church, as well as a performing pianist and vocalist at many venues throughout Connecticut.

I also have a Connecticut State Teaching certificate. In the past I worked as a music and choral teacher in Weston Middle School for 7 years, then later went on to receive training in Orff-Schulwerk (with Vivian Murray, Nancy Ferguson and Jos Wuytack) and Waldorf Music Education at the Sunbridge Institute. I currently teach music and chorus part-time at the Housatonic Valley Waldorf School in Newtown.

In my teaching I try to be adaptable to the changing needs of my students, ready to accommodate each student's learning style and pace. I encourage open communication so that an atmosphere of mutual respect, affirmation, and unfettered creativity may develop. I use a multi-faceted approach in my teaching to include all learning modalities so that students feel engaged and motivated, ready to overcome challenges. Lessons typically include music theory and technical study as well as age-appropriate repertoire based on each student's goals.

I usually organize at least two informal performance opportunities during the year and one formal recital every Spring. Students of all ages are encouraged to participate. I also encourage participation in the Young Artists Festival. Students who wish to be successful in their learning must attend lessons regularly and practice consistently at home. Tuition is due on the first lesson of the month for all lessons of the month.

I believe that all people have the capacity to perform, create, and respond to music. Through the study of music, students learn numerous life-skills such as discipline, perseverance, cooperation, problem solving, expression, confidence, creativity, and self-control. Music can be an empowering and valuable means for experiencing beauty and joy, and it is my great pleasure to be able to bring this to my students.

 
Studio Location
Avanti Piano Studio
2 Mountainview Terrace, Unit 4112
Danbury, CT 06810
 
Phone
(203) 913-5471