Private Piano Lessons

Welcome to my website! If you’re looking for a highly qualified and reliable teacher who loves sharing music, you’ve come to the right place. I teach:

  • In your home if you live in Bellaire, Memorial, River Oaks, Tanglewood, West University, or nearby areas
  • In my studio in the Tanglewood area
  • Beginner to advanced students
  • Children and adults
  • Traditional piano lessons with emphasis on theory, composition, technique, ear-training, note reading, and music appreciation

I believe that learning to play the piano should be a positive and rewarding experience. I encourage my students to practice, because playing the piano is a complex skill that requires patience and perseverance, but I also understand that children are children, and adults (and children) lead busy lives.

For information about my qualifications, click here.

7 thoughts on “Private Piano Lessons”

  1. Reading this makes me wish I lived in your neck of the woods! I wonder if playing the piano strengthens the wrists, it must do. Is it common for pianists to get repetitive strain injury? I think the movement is far more diverse than that involved in typing so perhaps it’s not such a problem.

    • Nice of you to say that about my piano lesson page!

      I’ve only known pianists to injure tendons, and these were people who practiced 6 hours a day. I looked it up on the web, and apparently it is a problem for some. What I read had people revamping their technique to correct faulty hand position. I’ve never had a problem with my wrists, but I do get neck and shoulder pain…something that can be corrected with posture and stretching, I understand.

      • Thank you for looking it up, I would imagne that neck and shoulder pain is really common in pianists, as it is in anyone who sits for long periods of time without moving the lower half of the body much. I used to get it sometimes at work and found that stretching and being more aware of my posture certainly helped. I have a great book called Stretching by Bob Anderson that might interest you, if you can have a look at it in a library or book store. It’s sold over 3 million copies and I can see why, it’s full of really good little drawings of the body showing which muscles are stretched when doing certain stretches (his wife drew them when he was doing the stretches). I have tried the stretches he has for wrists but there aren’t many of them and I don’t think they’re specific to my problem, but I do think stretching in general is a great thing to do.

      • Thank you for that suggestion. I checked the book it out on Amazon, and I think I’m going to order it. It looks excellent!

        I did have problems with my right thumb and inner wrist a couple of years back, partly due to thumb mashing technology (not the piano) and partly due to stapling craft paper and whatnot on school bulletin boards. I wore a thumb brace and rested it, but literature I read said it would go away in about a year, and it did!

  2. I’m really glad it healed up for you, and what you say is very encouraging for me. I was worried that I’d had the pain for a couple of months and thought it should have healed up by now, but if it can take that long then I’m not so worried about it. Oddly, I don’t know if you had this, but the pain is different now from how it felt early on. I’m optimistically taking this as a sign that it’s progressing towards getting better!

    • It was pretty bad at first, but then seemed to be better some days and worse others. Over time, I learned which activities irritated it the most and phased them out as much as possible. Gradually, and I didn’t notice when, it went away. I still have a slight ache in that area, but nothing like the beginning. I, too, worried that it would be permanent.

      • That sounds like mine is now, worse some days than others and I’m learning when I have to stop doing what aggravates it and listen to my body. Like now, for instance, I’ve been typing a lot today and I need to give it a rest, but I’m glad I found your comment before I stopped. What you’ve said has really given me hope Marian, thank you.

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