I began studying piano at the age of 3. Although I resisted
practicing throughout my youth, I grew to appreciate the discipline, music skills and the love of music
that I acquired through years of practice and study. It is my goal to provide my
students with the same valuable benefits.
I provide an encouraging atmosphere for both children and adults to learn classical and jazz piano techniques and performing skills.
I incorporate music theory into every lesson so that my students are not
just players, but well-rounded, confident and knowledgable musicians capable of advancing on their own
when they leave the studio.
Rate: $30/half hour
Master of Music Education, University of Northern Colorado
Bachelor of Science in Music, Indiana University School of Music
16+ years of private piano teaching experience
I teach piano from two different angles, depending on the goals of my students.
For students who want to play classical music and be able to read complicated sheet music, I assign music from the Suzuki books. I like these books because they challenge the two hands equally and help students quickly learn to coordinate the two hands. Students are playing Bach, Beethoven and Mozart by Book 2! Students also learn to play scales and chords, which are necessary for the development of reliable technique and provide a theoretical foundation to help students understand the structure of music.
A short-cut to playing contemporary music (i.e. rock, pop, jazz, praise/worship, etc.) is to learn to read chord symbols. In the first month of lessons, students learn how to read and build chords. (It's really much simpler than most people think!) Students learn to play melodies in their right hand while improvising a left-hand accompaniment based on the chord symbol. As students become more experienced, more complicated chords are added and their improvisation develops naturally into a more sophisticated sound. Scales and chords are naturally an integral part of this method of learning to play.
My studio is located in Aurora, Colorado, in the Tallgrass neighborhood, near Hampden & Tower.
My studio is in my home. I have multiple cats -
please consider this if you are allergic.
Digital audio recording of lessons
Record your own CD
Video instruction supplements
Interactive instructional software
Students perform in two recitals annually. When I was studying piano as a child, my teacher did not schedule recitals. Without that
valuable practice performing in front of others, I grew up with a great fear of playing the piano in public. I sang in numerous recitals as a student
of voice and became very comfortable singing in public, but this confidence did not transfer to the piano. I therefore believe that recitals are a crucial
part of every music student's course of study because it is through this process that we learn not just to play, but to perform. [Recital Photos]
Piano students should practice regularly on a piano, rather than an electronic keyboard. The mechanics of the piano
itself affect the feel and technique. Students who practice on electronic keyboard are often frustrated in their
lessons because the piano in the studio responds differently to their touch. If you are interested in lessons for a young
child and do not own a piano, consider acquiring a piano through a rent-to-own program. During the rental period, you can
determine whether or not the child's interest warrants the purchase. Onofrio
Piano Company is a local, family-owned business that offers many quality pianos, both new
and used, in rent-to-own programs.