Quick Facts About Hannah
- Teaches piano and voice
- Works well with all ages and skill levels
- Customized curriculum to reflect students’ learning styles and goals
- Strengths: Skilled in teaching music theory, ear-training, sight-reading, and vocal harmonization
- Teaching for 3 years
- Bachelor's Degree in Music Education, concentration in voice, from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY; graduated summa cum laude
Learn More About Hannah
General Teaching Style
My teaching style is founded on positivity and personalized instruction. I find my most common lesson model includes goal-oriented warm-ups, learning from practiced and new songs, and spending time cultivating creativity and listening skills.
I keep my eyes and ears open to build an understanding of how each student learns best, and I like to work with my students to set goals and choose music that they will find rewarding.
While my students are practicing their technique or specific songs, they are also learning life skills that go hand-in-hand with making music.
Every music lesson is also a lesson in confidence, creativity, coordination, focus, listening skills, self-awareness, and expressivity - all of this while having fun!
I find that an individualized curriculum for each student works best in regards to maintaining motivation and reaching personal goals.
Students will have opportunities to learn new music they are bound to enjoy in addition to the songs they already love.
Focus & Goals of the First Lesson
We begin by chatting about your musical experience and goals, and then jump right into music making.
I aim to send students home feeling good about one new song or skill so that they have something exciting to practice and show off over the week.
If you have prior lesson experience, I’d love to hear a song you feel good about playing or singing.
My training in Music Education deepened my understanding of how to connect with and adapt to all kinds of learners to create an enjoyable musical experience.
I show great respect for my students' backgrounds, interests, quirks, and skillsets, and have endless tricks to merge play with progress.
In my lessons, students are always encouraged to push their limits and try new things!
I am able to teach a variety of styles, including Classical, Musical Theater, Pop, Rock, and Folk, as well as note-reading, ear-training, improvisation, theory, and technique.
Additional Experience & Instruments
One of my very first and most rewarding teaching experiences was in a special education music program. The confidence and experience I gained working with special learners made me an even more versatile and patient teacher in all settings.
In addition, I am able to provide my insight as a songwriter and performing artist to students whose interests include creating and sharing their music with others.
Instrument-wise, my piano background focused on accompanying vocalists and song-writing. I built my vocal foundation through choir, always gravitating towards singing the more challenging harmonies. I later became interested in mastering a wide palette of vocal styles. Additionally, I play guitar and ukulele and am competent on trumpet, trombone, horn, flute, clarinet, saxophone, violin, viola, cello, double bass, and orchestral percussion.
Most Inspirational Music Moment
When processing the loss of a very special young person, my friends and I joined together to do some “circle singing,” a kind of group improvisation in which each person is free to express with their breath and voices while sensing the group’s overall energy. This experience proved like no other that music has the incredible power to help us celebrate life and heal our sorrows.
Top 3 Desert Island Albums
- Choose Your Weapon - Hiatus Kaiyote
- Coloring Book – Chance the Rapper
- Back to Black - Amy Winehouse