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I believe in music. I believe that music has the power to move people in fundamental, inexplicable ways. I believe that we are all musical souls with our original ideas. I believe in the creativity and musical honesty of our children, and that a good teacher can energize and help voice that creativity.
I believe that the love of music is innate, but that fostering that love through lessons leads to the development of the child's own voice, confidence, and commitment. I believe that small biannual studio recitals encourage children's performance abilities and self-esteem. I believe that students should play whatever music which speaks to their souls, and that it is my job to help them get ahead in any type of music they choose. I believe that theory, composition, and musical arrangement are vital to being a well-rounded musician.
I believe that the best teachers practice what they preach. My own compositions and arrangements have been published in My First Armenian Songbook, and I play the piano on a daily basis with the Redondo Ballet and through my private engagements with instrumentalists and singers.
I believe that music is tied not only to math but also to languages. I teach languages to opera singers and also offer piano lessons in other languages: German, Italian, Armenian, and Spanish, in addition to English.
I have had the joy of teaching children and adults at the Munich International School, the San Domenico School, the Lark Musical Society, the Pasadena Conservatory of Music, and the Artetonal Schule für Musik.
I received my masters and doctorate from the USC Thornton School of Music, where I studied piano performance, collaboration, and pedagogy. I am a faculty member and lecturer at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music (read my UCLA bio here).
I believe that students do well in a supportive, encouraging, motivating environment. This environment has helped my students have win competitions including the PTA Reflections Music Composition Competition and the Armenian Allied Arts Songwriting/Composition Competition.
I believe that music is a source of light in the world. Teaching children to understand the language of music will bring light and beauty to their lives, and will illuminate the future for all of us. Please contact me below for piano lessons.