You can begin now.
With the proper guidance, it won’t be long before you’ll be able to play music.
Become proficient with reading musical notation. Explore the Classics, harmonize melodies, play by ear. By using goal-oriented exercises, you’ll gain the skill necessary to succeed with playing music that you love.
I have been teaching children and adult students since 1981, completing study at Youngstown State University in northeast Ohio with a Bachelor and Masters degree in Music. (B.M, 1981, M.M., 1983; Organ, Harpsichord, Piano, Music History.) Following my formal education I received private lessons in piano from Mr. Don Lehmann (Portland, Oregon) over a span of fifteen years.
Teachers and musicians who have helped and influenced me the most throughout my education include Dr. Robert E. Hopkins, Marcellene and Walter Mayhall, Don Lehmann, Sr. Germaine Staron, and the Benedictine monks at St. Paul’s Monastery in Ohio, My partner in life and music, Arno Patin, My Mother, Helen, Father, Rudolph George, brothers Ed, Jim, George, and sisters Sylvia, Mary….and my greatest inspiration: My wonderful students!
1984-85, I taught Suzuki Piano Classes and accompanied the Suzuki Violin students at the Hoyt Institute of Arts, New Castle, Pennsylvania. From 1983-1986 I was organist at St. Vitus, New Castle, Pennsylvania, St. Anthony Church, Sharon, Pennsylvania and St. Vincent de Paul, Vienna, Ohio. I currently practice organ at St. Andrew’s in Beaverton.
Living in Portland, Oregon since 1986, I have enjoyed being a member of Cantores in Ecclesia for several years under the direction of Dean Applegate. From 2016-present, member of Oregon Music Teachers Association (OMTA), Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Western Early Keyboard Association (WEKA) and Slovene National Benefit Society (SNPJ).
Currently, I offer private lessons online, and look forward to re-opening my studio for in-person lessons in southeast Hillsboro. Since Sept. 2018, I also am on the faculty of Rose City Music Academy in Portland, Oregon.
I am dedicated to guiding you along your musical path. I recognize different learning styles, and will encourage you to play music you enjoy. We build knowledge and technique through piano exercises.
I enjoy playing and working together in the wonderful, enchanting world of music. When I’m not in the studio, you will find me walking on a favorite trail, and visiting gardens. Thank you for your interest in piano lessons! Please contact me if you have questions.