Lessons

PIANO ~ UKULELE ~ GUITAR ~ VOICE

As a music teacher, I try to create a nurturing environment where students of all ages are empowered to learn and grow not just as musicians who intend to pursue a career in music, but as human beings who appreciate and recognize the infinite beauty of music.

COVID-19 UPDATE: I am currently accepting Piano, Ukulele, and Guitar students for virtual lessons on FaceTime and Zoom. Please inquire through the Petaluma School of Music or contact me directly.

For VOICE (ages 11+), I teach classical vocal technique to students of all ability levels, working with those in junior high up through adults on western art song, early music, and opera (for older students), in addition to classic musical theater. If basic musicianship skills aren’t already present, a portion of each lesson will be spent learning to read music in addition to singing in harmony, studying vocal technique, and exploring repertoire.

For PIANO (ages 5+), I work with beginners through intermediate levels, starting with students in kindergarten up through adult. Younger students may be considered if they have begun learning to read. Student will learn to read music, study common practice period repertoire and basic music theory, and develop the musicianship skills to work with lead sheets and lyric sheets, to transpose, and to compose.

For UKULELE, including baritone, (ages 6+), I work with beginners and intermediates, starting with those in elementary school up through adult. Students will learn chords, strumming and picking patterns, scales, how to interpret lyric and lead sheets, as well as how to read music and tablature. For those students with smaller hands who want to learn the guitar, baritone ukulele is a great alternative to start out with.

For GUITAR, (ages 9+), I work with beginners, starting with those in elementary school up through adult. Students will learn chords, strumming and picking patterns, scales, how to interpret lyric and lead sheets, as well as how to read music and tablature. Acoustic/classical guitar only.

Teaching Schedule and Locations – 
Mon/Tue/Weds/Thurs, 2-6pm: Petaluma School of Music (707-775-3655)

Due to COVID-19, I am currently teaching via FaceTime and Zoom only. Please call the Petaluma School of Music or contact me directly to arrange lessons.

* Pathways CertifiedEDUCATION: BA, Music – Sonoma State University
MM, Vocal Performance – University of New Mexico
DMA, Early Music Performance ​- Case Western Reserve University

Books used in my studio:

Voice –
-The Estelle Liebling Vocal Course
-The Art Song Anthology (ed Walters)
-Arias for … Opera Anthology (ed Larsen)
-Singer’s Musical Theatre Anthology

-Pathways of Song (ed LaForge/Earhart)
-Great Songs from Musicals for Teens (ed Lerch)

-Kids’ Broadway Songbook (revised ed)

Ukulele –
-Ukulele in the classroom
-Everybody’s Ukulele (FJH)
-the Jumpin’ Jim books
Piano – ​
-Leichte Klaviertücke, Erster Band (Henle)
-Bartok: Mikrokosmos

-Piano Adventures (Faber)
-Hanon: The Virtuoso Pianist

-John Thompson’s Easiest Piano Course
-A Dozen a Day

Guitar –
-FJH Young Beginner Guitar Method
-Rise Up Singing

-Everybody’s Guitar Method (FJH)
-JustinGuitar Beginner’s Songbook