Teaching Philosophy and Cancellation Policy


Have you ever wondered if you have what it takes to become a musician? Do you struggle with sight-reading new music or learning songs by ear? Here’s the good news: with enough dedication, anyone can improve as a musician. Whether you’re a singer, an instrumentalist or just a music lover, strong musicianship skills (such as theory, sight-reading and ear training) will help you explore all kinds of music with freedom and ease. 

I believe in helping students by building on what they do well. Every student has natural strengths: some might be terrific at ear-training, while others excel at sight-reading or composing. I like to encourage students to use their aptitudes to help them where they struggle. For example, I might tell a student with an excellent ear to “sound out” a difficult sight-reading exercise by hearing the intervals between notes. Or I might encourage students with a knack for theory to analyze how a piece is composed so they can play it more easily. In almost every case, it’s more effective to teach to students’ strengths and encourage them to take advantage of areas they excel in. 


I’m happy to refund or reschedule lessons with at least 24 hours notice. Cancellations within 24 hours before a scheduled class, except for reasons of illness or emergency, will not be refunded or rescheduled.