Welcome! With a background heavily steeped in classical piano, I happily teach a variety of styles to all ages and levels in the convenience of your own home! I thoroughly enjoy working with beginners on their first pieces and coaching their proper hand shapes all the way to readying upper level high schoolers for their college auditions. My students learn to look very in-depth at technique and comb a dignified sound with a highly refined musical sense and polish; we can also learn that favorite cool movie theme to play and impress friends. I find that in my studio fun and progress go hand in hand. I also have developed a real knack for teaching adults, parents and retirees. I'm most proud to say that many of my families have continued lessons for more than 10 years with me.
My curriculum brings a healthy balance of music including classical, pop, show tunes, movie themes, duets and many more. I also cover music theory, composition and songwriting. I personally tailor lessons to each student to make it the most enjoyable and productive learning experience. We have an exciting annual studio recital at the Wilton Public Library's Brubeck Room every June.
My studies include a Bachelors of Music in classical piano performance from Western Connecticut University, as well as a Bachelor Arts with a concentration in music and literature from The University of Connecticut. My recent Debussy recording has been featured as the “Artist’s Pick” on Spotify’s official Debussy homepage and has gathered 3,000+ streams! I also carry a rounded musical background in pop music as I spent time performing in the local rock band Take October and have continued to write and perform my own music as a solo artist.
I am grateful to have had the privilege of studying with the renown pianists Neal Larrabee (Rosina Lhevinne pupil), as well as Russell Hirshfield, and Patricia Lutnes (Karl Schnabel pupil). I value that these teachers of mine all have direct pupil links back to many of the major composers including Beethoven and Chopin themselves. I continue to further my studies in attendance at countless masterclasses and performances of world famous pianists including Menahem Pressler, founder of the Beaux Arts Trio.
I am very proud of my pupil-teacher lineages that lead directly back to Beethoven:
Near Larrabee, University of Connecticut
Karl Schnabel, Artur's son
Patricia Lutnes, Western Connecticut State University