Teaching music has been a vital component of my life. Learning piano is not only about being able to play the correct notes at the indicated tempo. In fact, I discourage students from practicing mindlessly, but instead emphasize the importance of looking beyond the printed notes. In other words, I believe that understanding harmony, structure, historical background, and the musical intent of the composer are just as important as the physical training. Communicating musically with the audience and applying imagination within the structure of the piece are skills that allow a good student to achieve excellence.
Congratulations to my student Felix who won the first place in his junior division at the 2020 Gene Marcus Piano Competition at Purdue University Fort Wayne!