I am a fully registered teacher with thirty years teaching experience in the classroom and studio, at both primary and secondary levels. This experience has included setting up and administering an instrumental music program, as well as teaching private VCE piano students.
I have successfully entered students for exams with the AMEB, ANZCA and the ABRSM. Through regular attendance at such conferences as the Piano Teachers Day held annually at Bernies Musicland, I keep myself informed about the latest initiatives with the most commonly used examining bodies: e.g. Saint Cecilia's, Trinity College, the AMEB for Leisure Series and ANZCA.
One of my greatest strengths as a keyboard teacher is the ability to trouble shoot technical problems in students who may be unable to achieve their performance goals, due to excessive tension in their hands.
I am a practitioner of a technique that involves the use of arm weight. This uses the natural weight of the fingers and arms for tone production, which allows greater mobility and speed due to the reduction of tension in the hands.
Through my studies in Musicology I have an excellent sense of styles and how to attain those styles physically. I integrate theory with performance and find improvisation, leading to composition, especially useful for developing the student's creativity. Students are exposed to a huge variety of pieces and progress rapidly.