I first became obsessed with learning the piano when I was in the 9th grade. I wanted to play something cool at the school talent show.
I then studied piano at the university where I had the opportunity to study with some amazing teachers and play some great music.
I took several summer jobs accompanying string music festivals and fell in love with chamber music. I eventually played all the Brahms clarinet repertoire.
Somewhere around 2010 I started to dabble in Jazz piano. It seemed like this unexplored world of making music at the piano.
Learning jazz felt like starting over at the piano. I felt like a beginner again. This is where I spend most of my time practicing these days.
I've helped students win classical piano competitions and prepare to play with a rock band. See musical fitness.
I have 3 degrees, a bachelor's of Music in Piano Performance, a Master's degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, and finally a 2nd bachelor's in Computer Science. I am done with school, but not done learning. 😉
At the university I taught music theory, aural skills, keyboard skills, and piano lessons.
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