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The best educational moments for me have been when a student understands not just the “what”, but the “why” and the “how” of playing and interpreting a passage.
— Bernadette Harvey
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My primary purpose as a teacher is to nurture that very first seed of romance a person feels when they encounter the piano and music.

My deepest wish for my students is that they maintain that love throughout their lives and feel proud of their gifts and accomplishments, even for those who don’t seek a career in music.

For those who want a musical career, a deep love for music generates the deep motivation necessary to improve and excel in this demanding vocation.

I know how important the creative arts are to humanity and I feel a powerful calling to share this fact not only in my performances but perhaps more significantly in my teaching.

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Would you like me to teach a masterclass?

The detail of my teaching method takes direction from this primary purpose or philosophy. Of particular concern to me is that students are equipped with both the physical and cognitive knowledge necessary to maintain a healthy playing career and to become independent learners. I have completed professional training in injury preventive keyboard technique to support and inform this concern of mine.

How it works

Whether it is in my private studio or in public master classes, I try to tap into the unique underlying romance that each student has for music and creativity. From here, together, we can open up vast fertile areas of exploration and achieve great moments of inspiration. 

 

I’ve given masterclasses for:

• the Eastman School of Music
• the University of Arizona
• the Shanghai Conservatory
• Beijing Central Conservatory
• the University of Western Australia, for Musica Viva
• the United Music Teachers Association
• the AMEB
and many more.

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