Creative Music Education
Piano & Music Education
Each piano and music education class starts with theory. Currently, I use the Piano Adventures Curriculum, 2nd edition, by Faber. We, then, progress to technique exercises, which are an application of the theory we've just learned. And the technique prepares the student for the wide range of piano selections that artfully utilize the theory and technique.
I listen and observe and offer guidance until the piece is played well. Once the piece is mastered, students love to play along with each skill level Faber Lesson Book and Gold Star CD accompaniments.
I have several hand, drums and melodic percussive instruments in my studio. We often explore ways to enhance or embellish musical phrases by adding a simple ostinato (a repeated rhythm). Or, we may explore chord progressions by adding the contra bass (low pitch) to a simple ABAB form folk song. Students learn to transpose and improvise.
Because of my background in Orff Schulwerk (a playful approach to learning and integrating music, movement, speech and drama), I teach students the art of balancing melody with the accompaniment. And, when there are lyrics, I bring the student to accompany his/her own singing voice or to accompany my voice.
Our sessions are always musical and fun!
A memento from my journey with piano
Here you will find examples of my skills as a dancer / instructor. I followed my natural inclination and embarked on a journey to explore dance therapy, Feldenkrais Movement Awareness Technique, San Francisco Dancer’s Workshop (holistic solo and community movement) with Anna Halprin, Releasing Technique with Joan Skinner and more. I worked with severely disabled children, ran my own swim school, taught Aerobic Dance at Butte College, became the recreation director for a large community development, Paradise Pines, and served with the university faculty for the Interrelated Arts course required for all students in the elementary credential program at CSU Chico.