My love of music and involvement with it has been a part of my life for 30 years. I remember as a pre-teen, going to see a movie and be more intent on the background music than the movie itself. I was not one of those kids, who began taking music lessons at a very young age. In fact, my first piano lesson was at age 12. I took lessons on and off after that, but really became interested as a young adult. After a break of several years, I started again with a great teacher, who became a dear friend and mentor to me. I studied with her for several years at which point I went from student to teacher working for the same music company she worked for. I spent five amazing years teaching for them on Long Island, New York.
I moved to Pennsylvania in 2003 and began teaching on my own, using all the valuable experience and knowledge I gained from working in New York. Since moving to Pennsylvania, I studied for another five years with a wonderful, classically trained teacher.
As an in-home piano teacher with 17 years of experience, I have taught students of all ages ranging from 4 to 80 and so I have as much experience with adults as I do children. I teach beginner, intermediate and advanced students. I also have considerable recital experience -- both as a student and a teacher.
My love of music extends to all genres although I have a special love for movie themes and instrumental pieces. I’ve taught classical, pop, rock and classic rock as well as guiding original student compositions. I truly believe that I’ve been able to better relate to my students because I encourage them to learn through the music that they enjoy.
“Angie was my piano teacher for 10 years, from the age of 8 through 18. I’m 20 now, and still play piano, amongst other instruments. I owe a lot to Angie for the knowledge she’s given me over the years. She wasn’t one of those teachers who would sit you down and make you run boring scales for the entire hour. Sure, we learned all that stuff, but she made it fun. We’d spend some of our time concentrating on student books, and then she’d give me the opportunity to learn anything I wanted. I feel this approach let me excel rather quickly though the basics of piano, and made the lessons tailored personally to me. It gave me a more overall understanding of different types of music, and helped me to get into my own personal “groove” musically. Really, Angie makes her students true musicians, not just piano players. Since starting with her, I have taught myself the acoustic and electric guitars along with the ukulele, and give Angie major credit for my ability to do so. I truly believe that I wouldn’t be anywhere near where I am today musically if I hadn’t taken lessons with Angie. She is also very flexible and kind as a person, which helped me during my teen years as I went through some hardships and needed to either shorten some lessons, or reschedule last minute. Even though I no longer take lessons, Angie and I are friends, and you can bet that if I end up on the Grammy’s someday, she’ll be right there with me!” -- Briana