Teacher, Composer, Adjudicator, Educational Software Author
|Biographical Information: Study with a teacher whose background and experience are exceptional:||
Education: Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy,
University of Colorado
Pedagogy: Has taught privately, in colleges, and in
public schools in ND, CO, OK, CA, and NM
Professional Activities: Active at local, state, and SW
division of MTNA
Music Publications: Treasurer of NM Women's Composer
Guild with frequent contributions to award winning concerts.
Adjudication: Sought as judge for music auditions and
Software Publications: Software author for Maestro Music,
|Studio: Students studying in Sharon's studio can expect the following:||
Studio is distinguished by the Two Learning Center Structure. It includes quantities of printed music, reference books, wall plaques and certificates, two pianos, and two computers. The studio exhibits professionalism and comfort. The two center structure dramatically enhances learning beyond that possible with 1/2 hour lessons at the piano only. The Keyboard center provides focus on for technique and repertoire. It includes: a Steinway, 5'6" grand piano; Baldwin, Hamilton piano; Tape recorder; and Metronome. The Computer center provides an opportunity for students to independently study theory fundamentals and music appreciation. Included are an iMac; Apple IIGS; Software from Maestro Music, Inc., Alfred Publishing, PBJ Music Publications, WBW Software, Ars Nova, and Harmonic Vision.
A. One hour lessons: A typical lesson comprises a complete hour of intense concentration. The student works with their teacher in a one-on-one session at the keyboard for 1/2 hour. Keyboard time provides detailed development of technique and repertoire. Student achievement is closely evaluated, new concepts and information are presented. Suggestions for the week's development are made in oral and written comments. Also included in the hour is 1/2 hour of concentrated study of music theory, history, and fundamentals. The student studies independently at a computer with progress and results discussed and carefully noted in student records.
B. Two students in studio at same time: Students tend to learn from interracting with other students. Where feasible, lessons will include playing with a second person at the piano. Performing with a second person enhances counting skills and sight reading abilities.
C. Contemporary piano pedagogy includes the following: