Types of Lessons Offered
Both Classical and Popular Styles of Piano Playing
Music Theory & Ear Training
Chamber Music & Accompanying
Objectives for Students
Students will work to develop a strong foundation in the areas of reading music, technique, musicianship and interpretation of classical and/or popular repertoire.
Students will develop physical skills that will allow them to express themselves creatively and musically.
Students will set and realize goals, including participation in both formal and informal performances.
Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, University of North Texas, 1987
Master of Music in Piano Performance, University of Miami, 1992
Laura also completed all but her dissertation (ABD) for a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Miami.
1987 to the present, Private Piano Teacher
2015 to the present, Music Director at Unity of the Valley in Eugene, OR
2001-2015, on the faculty at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ
Piano, in both group and private settings
Accompanist for the Music & Theatre Department
Performing chamber music concerts
2004-2015, Music Director at Unity by the Shore in Neptune City, NJ
1994-2000, Co-founder, Director and Principal Teacher of Keyboard for Kids at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL
Keyboard for Kids was the Preparatory Piano Department at the University of Miami, offering piano and theory instruction (including music appreciation) to 140 students, providing college pedagogy students with hands-on teaching experience, and supplying a valuable source of community outreach to the University.
Member of the Oregon Music Teachers Association
“I just wanted to thank you for everything you have done for me in the last 13 years. You are the most spirited, loving, genuine and patient person I have ever known, and I am honored to have had you as such a big part of my life. Laura, you really have made me a better person and have taught me ways to relax and see what an important role the piano plays in my life. After graduating high school and moving on to college, I miss our weekly lessons, but am so thankful for all the opportunities you have given me.”
“I want to thank you for not only teaching me how to play the most beautiful instrument in the world but also for changing my life in so many ways. You have taught me how to make people happy, myself included, by simply playing the piano, and your permanent smile during our Monday lessons always make Mondays a lot less painful. Your positive attitude always serves as an inspiration and assures me that I can do my best to push through anything and everything whenever I’m feeling even a little out of sorts. Words cannot express how much you have positively affected everyone around you. Thank you for everything, Laura. I am blessed to have had you as my teacher for the past eleven years.”
“Words cannot even begin to express how fortunate we feel to have had our children, Nick and Kendall, start their journeys in music with you. Thank you for sharing your extensive knowledge of piano and music with our children. Thank you for your positive and gentle encouragement and specific, detailed, and helpful weekly lesson notes. Thank you for providing our kids a solid foundation in music theory, literacy, musicianship, and technique. Thank you for exposing our kids to high quality and varied repertoire, and thank you for providing them with so many performance opportunities. Laura, you are an incredible teacher and musician. You have inspired our children to love and understand music, and have given Nick and Kendall a set of skills and understanding that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.”
“I’m not really sure I have enough words to express my gratitude and the appreciation I have for you. I cannot have asked for a better piano teacher and person to be my teacher. Your kindness toward myself and my family has been incredible. Your gentleness and patience during lessons has motivated me to keep learning and playing. You always made me feel like you believed in me and my abilities. I also know that teaching me and your other students has not just been a job but truly a passion. The love you have for your students is real. You are the best, Laura! Thank you for all you have done for me!”
“Playing the piano is the only hobby I have stuck to for over ten years, and that is all in part to the tireless work of Ms. Laura. I started taking lessons from her hwn I was 5 years old, and I did not know those lessons would change my life. From her I learned about the art of making music, but I also learned about discipline, determination, as well as respect for others and the community. In the past decade I have gained from knowledge and skills from playing the piano, as well as a lifelong mentor in Ms. Laura.”
“You have nurtured my love of music in ways I never imagined possible. I will be forever grateful.”
$35 per 45-minutes
$45 per 60-minutes
$60 per 90-minutes