Prospect Heights Music is private music instruction studio opened in the summer of 2010. The studio specializes in voice and piano lessons for children and teens, but is open to music-lovers of all ages. My mission is to foster imagination, creativity, confidence and personal growth through the study of music. Through active listening, music gives us an understanding of ourselves and others, as well as the opportunity to explore the world around us in a way that is engaging, honest, and inherently meaningful!
How I teach:
With equal doses of positivity, patience, enthusiasm, and with an understanding of each child’s social, emotional, and physical developmental stage.
Why I teach:
Children: Music education teaches children that problems can have more than one solution, and questions can have more than one answer. In my ten years of teaching, I have seen how learning about music inspires compassion, allowing children to make real connections to the outside world, and develop a sense of empathy for others. When students are given the opportunity to learn about and experience the arts first-hand they are able to develop vital cognitive, social, and critical thinking skills that build academic capacity. My goal is to empower children to learn about themselves through the sustained study and exploration of a wide range of music, musical concepts and materials. Adults: Music lessons offer a creative way to de-stress from the constant action of life in NYC. Not only are music lessons therapeutic in many ways, but they can also be an outlet for expression. Whether you’ve never studied music before, or you’re returning to lessons after many years away, learning how to play can be an enjoyable experience that will stay with you for a lifetime.
What I teach:
Classical, jazz and pop piano and voice, as well as composition and songwriting.
Who I teach:
Anyone committed to the sustained study of music to foster personal growth.
I graduated cum laude from NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education with a Bachelor’s of Music degree and have been teaching voice and piano lessons, as well as songwriting workshops, children’s music appreciation classes, and musical theater workshops in and around New York City for eleven years. Prior to starting my own studio, I taught at the Larchmont Music Academy, St. Luke’s School, The Dwight School, Queens College Conservatory, and worked in the NYC Department of Education helping NYC public schools streamline their service-learning instruction. My performing career has brought me to music festivals across the country to play alongside artists like The Roots and Paramore. I’ve released one album on Random Chance Records and another independently. My work has been featured on NPR and reviewed in All About Jazz, Cadence Magazine and TimeOutNY. I was awarded the Silver medal in the 2007 mid-Atlantic Songwriting competition and have had the distinction of being chosen to compete in the 2009 Williamsburg Songwriter’s Competition. In addition to my composition and performing credits, I’ve also been in several operas including the NY Premier of L’Enfant et les Sortileges directed by Metropolitan Opera director Robin Guarino, and The Old Maid and the Thief (Frederick Lowe Theater). Currently, I play piano in many projects and with many artists in and around NYC, including the much-lauded Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra. I’m also an active volunteer in the community, helping out with Musicians on Call, the CDSC Food Pantry, NY Cares, and NYC Service.