I love to teach beginners starting their musical journey, hobbyists wanting to relax and de-stress with music, and professionals looking to up-skill for future goals - a change in style, higher competency, better chord proficiency, a big audition or bootcamp for improvement.
As a pianist-turned-keyboardist, and as a lead vocal, I thrive on the adrenaline of a big “performance,” leading bands, groups and entire communities, particularly in worship, which I have done 6,000+ times. Yet even more, I find purpose in equipping other singers and musicians with tools to be the best they can be.
With hands-on experience extensively in the USA where I am based, I also have students in South Africa, United Kingdom, Bulgaria and India.
In decades of teaching, many of my students have been children 3 and up. I focus on setting good musical foundations, and keep the fun factor in lessons so it will always be something they love. More have been teens and young adults, helping them find their own unique voice, passing on skills and tools to make it the best expression of themselves, with musical excellence and technical competence. Most students over the years have been guys and girls, men and women in musical action, looking to improve because they never want to stop learning - active in bands, doing recordings and shows, serving in worship teams, in community or school productions. I honor the work I can do with those who lead groups themselves, helping them hone skills in one or more of the several they must juggle to do it well. One specialty I enjoy is worship singers, keyboardists and leaders, adding the spiritual and people-skill factors into the coaching, as needed and desired.
I keep myself fresh with upgrading my own training in piano, keyboard, teaching, vocals.
- Yamaha Keyboard Encounters training, September 2017 - teaching piano to adult beginners and hobbyists
- Vocal Pedagogy Professional Extension course, 2016 - taught by Boston Conservatory-at-Berklee faculty, prestigious master teachers and guests, as well as doctors and staff from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Voice Center.
Studied an enriched and functional understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the singing mechanism, knowledge of current developments in voice pedagogy and speech science, and a systematic practical approach to musical theater technique.
- Yamaha Music Education Seminar A, July 2015 - teaching young beginners 3-8, meeting the unique needs and developmental stages of each age group, to develop each student’s comprehensive musical ability in a way that inspires a love of music and a lifetime of active music participation.
- Yamaha Teacher Candidate certification, 2014 - piano and teaching proficiency
- University of South Africa, Bachelor’s Degree in English & Communication, 1993
I focus lessons on a combination of: healthy practices for longevity, technical skills for agility, personal engagement for deeper connection, individual application for unique creativity and expression, and fun for pure love of the art!