Specializing in Piano
Beginner to Advanced
Adults and Children
Classical and Contemporary
BM in Performance, Temple University
I have been teaching piano for the majority of my professional music studies. I began lessons of my own at the age of 5 and have been studying piano ever since. As a young pianist, I was encouraged by my parents and close network of friends and teachers to pursue this passion. I have completed my Bachelors of Music at Temple University in piano performance. I am currently in my second and final year of my Masters of Music studies in piano performance.
During my piano studies, I have been fortunate enough to learn under the tutelage of numerous professors and pedagogues, most recently Dr. Charles Abramovic and Alexander Fiorillo. I was given to opportunity to study all eras of classical music, including early music of the harpsichord and fortepiano under Dr. Joyce Lindorff. As a teacher, I strive to inspire my students to connect to the music on a deeper level, further than just physical technique. I love to connect the study of music with everyday experiences, feelings and objects, to make it as humanly relatable as possible. I believe that with instilling a strong technical foundation, in addition to a clear understanding of different learning styles, I can work with any student to help them excel in their piano studies, as my teachers inspired me to do.
When did you begin playing piano, and why?:
I began studying the piano at the age of 5. My Father had purchased a keyboard for my Mother, in which I began to play and learn tunes by ear. I thoroughly enjoyed the process of learning songs on my own, and overcoming the technical obstacles that came with playing the piano. My parents began me in piano lessons shortly after recognizing my ability and interest in the piano. They have encouraged my musical studies through my entire life, and made sure to nurture this skill through whatever opportunities arose. Since then, I have been taking lessons, even until today, and can truly speak for its endless benefits in the learning process of children and adults alike.
What are your personal goals as a musician?:
My most precious goal as a musician is to play every performance with the utmost passion and emotion, so that the audience may feel the same. Music has the power to move, persuade, and impact the listener in many different ways, and I feel the job of a musician is to never let this fail. Aside from wanting to perfect my own personal technique and playing, I strive each and everyday to connect to the music on a deeper level. Nothing makes me feel more complete than music does, and I want my audience to understand this feeling. Music can undoubtedly change the world, and it is our job as musicians to do so.
Do you have a memory of a time when a musical concept or technique really clicked? Something you’ll remember forever?:
In my pre-teen and early teenage years, piano lessons became a bit of a nuisance (a very common phase in an adolescent’s life). I did not want to be told to practice, and I couldn’t see the point in continuing lessons. As much as I fought my parents to quit, the would not let me, having seen the benefits of music in my life and my ability to play. When I reached High School, I attended a summer institute for music, where I met musicians of my own age and older and the most inspirational faculty. It was then, being surrounded by these wonderful individuals that I was able to recognize the beauty of the piano and really open my ears to the sounds I was creating. Piano was no longer a chore, but rather an experience of beauty and true art. My world was flipped upside-down.
What is your favorite piece of advice from one of your past (or current) teachers?:
My undergraduate professor told me that to play the piano, you must have in some way experienced the wonders and tragedies of life. To feel love from one another, or to lose something or someone, is the kind of emotion needed for music to come alive. Music can emote similar feelings. It has the power to make you feel this way, and you have to let it in order for your performance to be convincing.
What was your most challenging moment learning an instrument?:
There was a point in time where I felt as though the music I was playing was too difficult, and I was not doing it justice. I could not overcome the physical difficulties in order to let the beauty of it sound. This was not only frustrating but it was demotivating. It was a crucial time in my studies, where I really needed the support of a professor and mentor. Sometimes, all it takes is a new perspective and to feel the support from someone you admire. The music was no longer difficult, and I had overcome a massive obstacle. I strive to be this teacher for all of my students.
What is your biggest musical achievement?:
Completing my Undergraduate Senior Recital was by far my most impressive musical achievement yet. This was a program I had devised myself with the guidance of my professor, and was massive in caliber and endurance. The program lasted over an hour, and was completed successfully. I had pushed myself to go above and beyond the requirements, and had put on a performance that had moved myself and the audience. I have never felt more satisfied with a musical endeavor than on that day.
Favorite thing about teaching?:
There is nothing more pleasing than a student finally grasping a concept or technique. I believe that an important part of learning anything is to understand “why” we do things, or “how” things work. When a student can experience this, they will without a doubt learn at a faster rate and grow from a strong foundation of playing, rather than just being told what to do and when. Every student is different, and I strive to find how each individual learns and how we can learn together most effectively.
What is a piece of advice you would like to share with anyone learning music?:
Do not give up! Music is a beautiful thing, and is worth the time and effort to learn. At sometimes it may seem difficult or confusing, but that is because it is a complex language. But it is such a beautiful language, and it opens up a wonderful world. You can do it!
Personal music projects: i.e. bands, groups, shows, recording, etc. (if any):
I am an active performer, both solo and collaborative. I aim to maintain a regular solo performance career in various venues. My younger sister is a very accomplished Classical Singer, and together our duo performs in the Bucks County and Philadelphia area. I accompany choirs and instrumentalists, as well as play with various chamber groups, both through Temple University and outside.