Lesson Feesfrom $40.00 / 30 Minutes
I am an experienced piano teacher and professional musician, specializing in classical piano, composition, music theory, and pop piano.
"My daughters, aged 12 and 13, have both grown beautifully in skill and passion under Siena's instruction. She really does a great job incorporating their interests into lessons, it keeps them both dedicated to learning more!" -Rebecca
"I started taking lessons with Siena in April during the pandemic, and it’s the best thing I’ve done. My playing is much better, and I love her teaching style. She is an accomplished musician and teacher, and explains everything so thoroughly. I especially love the personalized recordings that she creates for me to reinforce the songs that I’m learning. I never liked the way I sounded before, but I actually do now. What a terrific teacher Siena is, and I’m so glad my brother found her ad and sent it to me. I’m 62 and used to play when I was younger, but had stopped. Now I am playing all genres with Siena’s instruction: jazz, pop, and classical. I just love it." -Phyllis
"Siena is an incredibly talented pianist and teacher !! I've improved tremendously in just a short time taking lessons with her. Her background as both an accomplished songwriter/performer and as a classical pianist has been perfect for me---She teaches me songs and styles of music that I am interested in while simultaneously giving me a strong foundation in technique and music theory. She really is dedicated to helping her students develop their own voice on the instrument and becoming the best pianist they can be! I'm super grateful to have Siena as my piano teacher." -Chris
"I have put three children through piano lessons, and so knew a good teacher when I met one, particularly in her seemingly innate understanding about how to interact and connect with her students, and find musical pieces for them to work on that engaged the students, and made them feel excited to return to lessons every week." -Cassandra
"What I appreciate most about her teaching is that she really conveyed the idea of playing and enjoying music instead of just concentrating on following notes on the sheet in front of me. I started to understand what the notations could bring to the piece instead of mindlessly and often awkwardly trying to follow them." -Janet M. (adult student)
"Siena’s ambition, energy and passion for music was what I had hoped my son would experience with his first exposure to studying music. Siena was able to quickly identify his strengths and interest and seemed to know how to approach his lessons with a successful balance of fun and structure. She was clear with her expectations without stifling his interest and playfulness." -Vicki M.
"Siena taught me essentially from the start. While I had played when I was younger, I had not played in many years and had not exactly demonstrated much musical dedication or talent when I started learning from her. She taught me quickly and I began to take piano more seriously under her. I went from no practice to a few minutes a day. Her enthusiasm for piano and music was infectious and I have become more invested since her lessons. Now I take regular weekly lessons and play in the jazz band at my school." -Jacob M-A.
"If you’re looking for a piano teacher, go with Siena. She taught me the notes, how to understand piano. She’s very nice and kind and she can understand you." -Dax M.
"While she focused on their development as players, her priority was instilling in them a love of piano. She absolutely succeeded! Our kids smiled throughout their lessons and happily practiced each week." -Jen and Dan M-A.
WHO I AM:
I am a teacher, pianist, vocalist, composer/songwriter, and community organizer. I have a B.A. in Music from the University of Rochester, with over 11 years of experience teaching private piano lessons to students of all ages and backgrounds. I perform live-stream shows regularly with my original music, and composed/produced an album of original music in 2018, Dear House, which you can find on all streaming and purchasing sites.
MY EDUCATION PHILOSOPHY:
Music is deeply personal. I teach music so that my students can find themselves in the music they play. I fully believe that anyone can, and should, play music throughout their life. My piano lessons provide a space to nurture creativity, curiosity, and intelligence.
Classical piano: https://youtu.be/WjmgY2sg7NY
Original music: https://youtu.be/3H1OjUt8Ufo
Every lesson is fun and unique. You will learn something new every time. My students learn how to read music, improvise, improve finger dexterity, deeply listen, and to play with their instincts as well as their minds. Most importantly, they learn to love music from the inside out.
My piano students come away from each lesson with strengthened fingers, ears, and minds. I consider ear training very important in the development of a musician, so I teach pieces and songs by ear as well as note-reading. I love music theory, so it comes up everywhere in my lessons. I will never give you or your child theory worksheets that drill concepts, but instead treat theory an an organic, fun part of the learning process. I also teach deep listening, so incorporate listening to music, and discussing elements, into my piano lessons. This way, students not only learn how to talk about music with confidence, they also learn how to shape the music they're playing. Depending on the age and interests of the student, I may incorporate improvisation and composition into lessons, as well as pop music and lead sheets, songwriting, visualizing music, duets, blues patterns, and musical games.
I expect my students to practice daily outside of the lesson each week so that playing becomes a real, and natural, part of their lives. I understand, however, that lives are busy and unpredictable. I always work with my students earnestly on whatever they bring for the lesson, whether they practiced it at home or not.
-B.A. in Music from the University of Rochester
-Member of Phi Beta Kappa
-11 yrs teaching private piano lessons
-Full-length album, Dear House, available on all streaming sites
-Regular performances online of original music
-Experience teaching group piano classes
I teach classical piano technique and assign repertoire from all genres. I provide and reinforce a strong foundation in technique, phrasing, and style so my students become independent, skilled musicians. I use Faber Piano Adventures for younger musicians, and a combination of Faber and other repertoire by a diverse range of composers and songwriters for older students. I intentionally include composers of all colors and genders in my teaching.
My students learn how to:
-play by ear
-play various styles
-strengthen their “piano” fingers
-understand music theory
-play with their instincts as well as their minds
-listen with intention to music of all cultures and genres