Overview

Piano ensemble at the Steinway Piano Gallery in Walnut Creek, 2016.

     Although I do not rely completely on any one method as I cater materials, teaching style, and lesson plans to individual students, I typically work my lessons around the Suzuki Piano Method. In addition to this framework, a well-rounded education (including an understanding of theory, musicianship, and history), an exposure to a wide variety of music (classical, popular, jazz, etc.) as well as a supportive and fun community are important to me in order to instill a life-long love and appreciation for music and playing the piano.

 

What is the Suzuki Piano Method?

      Please follow this link to learn more: https://suzukiassociation.org/teachers/twinkler/.

     The Suzuki method is employed on a philosophical level to encourage musical growth, maturity, and understanding as well as to foster a strong bond between parent, teacher, and child. It does require a certain of amount of parental involvement depending on the student.

 

A Community  

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall at UC San Diego with duo partner Jackie Yu (left) in 2012.

   My training and experience in piano ensembles, chamber music, university practice rooms, master classes, and teaching group classes has shaped my belief that playing piano should not be a lonely affair. A sense of community - friendship, camaraderie, and teamwork is what holds us together. The lack of this musical community leads many students to feel unfulfilled and bored, eventually quitting music altogether. It is thus my goal to provide a nurturing community for my students through frequent group classes, recitals, and ensemble work.