The more students are prepared to learn, the more they will find joy in their lessons and overall musicianship. As a result, I make it a personal goal to help students understand what they need to do to prepare for lessons, and progress as musicians. For beginning and intermediate students I have most experience teaching from the method books published by Alfred, as well as the Piano Adventures books published by Faber. However, every student learns differently, and I am open to teaching from other methods that better cater to their individual needs. Advanced students will be assigned a more rigorous repertoire including music from the great composers. To help students become well rounded musicians and reach their highest potential they will be assigned technical exercises suited to their level (for example: 5 finger patterns, scales, arpeggios, chords, etc.) as well as theory, aural, rythmic, and improvisational activities as needed. I am very open to consider pieces my students are particularly interested in, but I will also expect them to work on assigned pieces that will help them stretch as individuals. Students will not be required to memorize everything they play, but they will be required to memorize several recital pieces each year. Parents will be invited to sit in during the lessons, and practice with students when possible.