My holistic approach develops an all rounded musician so that you can freely express yourself musically and with technical ease. By learning how to use the whole body and mind to play, you’ll be able to meet the musical and technical demands with confidence and ease.
But it doesn’t stop there! My experiences with overcoming injuries and performance anxiety can help you conquer your mental and physical blocks that appear in the practice room or on stage. Lets work together so that there is no more agony in your music making journey.
Here’s what you get with lessons with me:
so you can get feedback and accountability to maintain growth
A HOLISTIC APPROACH
to developing the foundation of your playing- the mind and body must work together to create music that moves people
DEVELOPING A SOPHISTICATED SENSE
of musicality, phrasing, and interpretation
to manage performance anxiety
so you can tackle the music you want and in a structured way
HOW TO USE YOUR ENTIRE BODY
to play for better technique, tone production, and injury prevention
HOW TO PRACTICE EFFECTIVELY
practice effectively and develop a good mindset to become an independent learner
PLUS, PIANO LESSONS CAN ALSO INCLUDE
Ear Training and Musicianship Skills
Building Sight Reading and Sight Singing Skill
Music Theory, so you can learn the grammar which will help you become a better pianist, musician, or composer!
Taking adult music lessons with Michelle over the last 3 years has been an incredibly enriching addition to my life. I have always been a music enthusiast, but my time at her studio has also allowed me to experience and understand music at a deeper level.
One of the most exciting aspects of Michelle’s teaching style is how she was able to design a custom curriculum around my musical interests. Every lesson, exercise and musical piece fits into a larger plan to help me reach my goals, which has been so important in keeping me motivated over the years. In the first year alone, I had already become a better musician than all of my prior self taught years put together. Today, I’m proud to have been able to perform multiple Bach Inventions along with many other pieces for an amateur piano recital I attend every month.
Beyond being an incredible musician herself, Michelle is also a gifted instructor, which are rare qualities to find together. She is able to breakdown complex topics from music theory to subtle piano techniques in ways that always overcome any roadblocks I may have. In fact, there has never been a technical problem in my playing that she hasn’t been able to help me solve because she has seen it all. Combined with her positive teaching style, I can’t imagine anyone else being as committed as Michelle is to see their students succeed.
-NABIL, ADULT STUDENT
HOW DOES IT WORK?
We identify your Immediate short term and long term goals for piano
Work together to create an individual practice plan that improves your technique and musicianship skills while fostering a love for music.
You become the all-rounded and confident pianist who can tackle any of your goals.
Most of my students have weekly lessons, but some book a lesson bi-weekly or every month or so to check up on their skills - kind of like a masterclass.
I teach through zoom and you get to learn in the comfort of your own home. Learning has never been easier!
Are you ready to book a one-on-one lesson with Michelle?
And just who am I?
I’m a passionate pianist with a B.Mus and M.Mus in piano
performance. During those years of intense study, I developed
playing-related injuries that nearly ended my career. Thankfully,
I have recovered and those injuries spurred a quest into a second passion - performance psychology and medicine. The road to recovery gave me the opportunity to delve deep into reshaping my relationship with music. I studied deeply into healthy piano technique, musicianship, mindset, performance psychology, and much more. As a happy and healthy pianist, my goal is to share as much of the information I’ve learned through my lessons and content so that other musicians do not need to go through the same experience I did.
My lessons and content is about developing a healthier technique, accessing greater depths of musicality, creating healthier mindsets or habits, or removing the barriers between you and performing. I hope to empower and bring positivity to all musicians - whether beginner or advanced - so that they will have a fulfilling relationship with themselves and their music!
WHAT IF I’VE NEVER HAD LESSONS BEFORE?That’s not a problem! Whether you’re an absolute beginner or an advanced musician, I’ve got you! In the first lesson we’ll devise a plan that works for you and start with the basics of navigating the piano, posture, foundational technique. We’ll go at your pace!
YIKES, I JUST DON’T THINK I CAN SPEND THAT RIGHT NOW! ISN’T THERE A BIGGER PAYMENT PLAN??"I hear you! Piano lessons can feel like a large financial and time commitment, but I promise you that taking music lessons will be a worthy commitment to yourself! Investing in weekly lessons is the best way to build meaningful progress and momentum in your skill and relationship with music. If you’re feeling hesitant, that’s okay! - 30 min lessons are a wonderful starting option for a lot of people and we’ll go from there at your pace!
I DON’T THINK I HAVE TIME FOR THIS??Piano Lessons are definitely a financial and time investment. Having weekly lessons and juggling a daily practice routine between lessons can sound overwhelming! Don’t fret, we’ll work together to create a lesson and practice plan that will fit you and your goals. Learning an instrument can be a very fulfilling life skill that translates far beyond the lessons. The skills you get to explore through piano lessons such as creativity, self expression, discipline, and critical thinking, translate into every aspect of life. As with many things in life the adage “Anything worth doing is worth doing well” applies.
DO YOU OFFER REFUNDS?There are no refunds for missed or cancelled lessons, however, there are many options to make up that lesson from rescheduling, substituting with online/pre-recorded lessons, or crediting the lesson to the following month. We’ll find something that works!
I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS, HOW CAN I GET IN TOUCH?"Feel free to send me an email at email@example.com