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With the proper guidance, it won’t be long before you’ll enjoy the pleasure and satisfaction that comes with being able to play music.
Explore the classics. Become proficient with reading musical notation. Harmonize melodies. Make arrangements that you’ll play with an understanding of melody, harmony, rhythm and patterns that come together to make music.
I specialize in helping people gain knowledge and coordination to play music that they love. By using goal-oriented exercises, you gain the skill necessary to succeed with playing piano.
I work with students of all ages and my approach includes viewing music with an historic perspective, consulting primary sources, and teaching the basics of harmony. I help students discover their love for music.
I am experienced in teaching and coaching students since completing study at Youngstown State University in northeast Ohio, (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. Other teachers and musicians who have helped and influenced me the most throughout my education include Dr. Robert E. Hopkins, Marcellene and Walter Mayhall, Dr. Ronald Gould, Dr. Arthur Spiro, the monks at St. Paul’s Monastery in Ohio and Sr. M. Germaine Staron. I taught Suzuki Piano Classes and accompanied the Suzuki Violin students at the Hoyt Institute of Arts, New Castle, Pennsylvania 1984-85.From 1983-1986 I was organist at St. Vitus, New Castle, Pennsylvania, St. Anthony Church, Sharon, Pennsylvania and St. Vincent de Paul, Vienna, Ohio.
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).
Since September 2018, I am on the Faculty of Rose City Music Academy at Catlin Gabel School in Portland. I currently offer private lessons online, and will return to opening my studio in Hillsboro when the coronavirus crisis is resolved.
Exploring old and new music, composing, arranging and making new connections in music remain part of my daily practice.
When I’m not in the studio, you will find me out walking on a favorite hiking trail or visiting gardens.
I am dedicated to listening, keeping an open mind, tuning in to different learning styles, understanding and encouraging others, collaborating in creative projects, and being part of the wonderful, enchanting world of Music.