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EDUCATION

Bachelor of Music (1980), Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH

  •  Majored in Piano and Music Education, minored in Voice
  •  Studied all orchestral instruments and guitar, conducting, and choral conducting
  •  Program of study included piano pedagogy, music history, music theory, and music education

Additional Musical Training:

  • Jazz Piano lessons and composition with Rob Mullins, Grammy Nominee
  • Post-graduate piano lessons with Dr. Robert Hopkins, Eastman School of Music
  • Improvisation with Larry Harris, Eastman School of Music
  • Piano lessons with Dr. Edward Zolas, Julliard School and Dolores Fitzer, Yale University
  • Voice lessons with Rosemary Reardon and Dr. Wade Reardon
  • Dance lessons with Megarts Studio (11 years)
  • Piano lessons (10 years) with Frank Tarantino

Music Theory:

Studies with Dr. Edward Largent, Dr. Hailstork, Dr. Walker, and Dr. Robert Rollin (Music Nobel
Peace Prize Award, Cornell University Graduate)

POST-BACHELORATE EDUCATION

Oberlin School of Music: Mozart Masters Class with Dr. Weiss; Piano Masters Class with concert pianist, John Browning.

CA Fifth Year Teaching Credential: CSULB and Pepperdine Graduate School, Los Angeles

Handbell Choir Certificate: CSULB

Workshops: Mayron Cole Piano Method, Glover-Stewart, Faber & Faber, Jane McGrath, and Carol Leone

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE

  • Percussionist, Royal European Tour (1969) and two bands (4 years)
  • Vocalist, special occasions
  • Piano soloist and dance at recitals
  • Recorded piano recital for college radio, Youngstown State University
  • Lead singer in Top 40 Band, Solid Gold
  • Pianist, Latin Culture Center and Contemporary Ensemble (Youngstown, OH)
  • Church Organist, Choir Director, Musical Theater Director, Pianist
  • Charity and Political Fundraisers: Pianist and Accompanist

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Private & semi-private music lessons (past 35 years), group piano modified Yamaha Method (1 year)
  • General Music Teacher and Choir Director in various OH and CA school districts (15 years)
    • Longest tenure at St. Joseph School (K-8th Grade), Long Beach, CA
    • Applied Kodaly Methods
  • Judged Jazz Organ Competition (Anaheim, CA)
  • Volunteer Assistant Music Therapist, Woodside Receiving Hospital (Youngstown, OH)

AWARDS AND PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Honor Roll, Youngstown State University (4 years)
  • Kodak Music Scholarship, Yamaha Group Creativity Award
  • Music Teachers Association of CA (MTAC), 2nd Vice President (2007/08)
  • National Guild of Piano Teachers (NGPT)
  • NGPT Teacher National Honor Roll for preparing students for Guild auditions (past 10+ years)

 

 
Studio Location
3361 Charlemagne Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90808
 
Phone
(562) 627-0421(h)
(562) 243-6767(c)
 

 
Website
www.privatepiano.net