The Juilliard School, DMA, MM
Oberlin College, BM
Vivian has taught piano for over 35 years, performs as Artist Faculty for the Juilliard K-12 Department and serves as Piano Department Lead of Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard. While celebrating the abilities of each student, Vivian strives to help them:
Develop performance skills and confidence in presenting to audiences
Build an enduring love of music
Understand music theory to achieve deeper musical understanding and expression
Establish efficient and manageable practice routines
Develop good foundational technique and repertoire mastery
At the Chevy Chase based studio, pianists learn on the Steinway B and and Steinway M grand pianos and can perform in as many as 10 in-person and virtual concerts during the academic year at no extra cost. Pianists have many sharing opportunities to develop their confidence, engage with peers and listen to each other’s musical development. Pianists and their families also benefit from weekly progress reports, an online music library, and access and support from all of our studio teachers.
As director of the studio, Vivian meets with virtual studio teachers regularly to discuss the development of each piano student and oversees the many studio offerings.
Vivian is a member of the National Piano Guild - American College of Musicians and Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).
COMMENTS FROM THE STUDIO...
You have truly taught me the power of sincerity, dedication, and the courage it takes to unabashedly sprint for my goals. These are lessons I will keep with me in all walks of life.
You are such a gifted teacher, and I'm so impressed with your Zoom skills! You have been our sunshine during this rainy, gray and difficult month.
My daughter learns so much from you and not just musically. Poise, presentation, public speaking, problem solving....
I'm super thrilled seeing such detailed comments and excited about where this is leading to. We are very grateful and glad that you accepted this request to mentor our son; he has never received such comments over the last 5 years since he started learning the piano
Before my daughter started lessons with you, I had to help her with the piano practice everyday and she was often frustrated. Now, she is so independent and can practice by herself! And naturally, she really enjoys playing piano. We can't be happier!
Your positivity, energy, and love of music come through in every interaction. Thank you!
Music is a joy that consumes my time, focus, and future. I love studying music because of the interesting challenges of practicing and performing. I love to see students accomplish their goals each week and overcome challenging aspects of their pieces that they never thought they could master. On top of mastering notes and musicianship, I see how studying piano teaches diligence, hard work, perseverance, and passion.
Giving students the tools to understand music and appreciate art in this world is an invaluable experience for me each week. I love being able to make a small impact in students’ lives. I cherish my lessons with my students and rejoice when they progress into lovers of music and believers in themselves. I love seeing the beautiful music and life they are able to create through their diligent hard work.
The creating of music is a very intimate act where one can express who they are as an individual and give more of themselves to the world.
We need to have the tools to be able to play music in a way that affects people and that liberates us to be able to express what we want to express. Such tools are my focus. They include great technique, wonderful musicianship, a knowledge of the composition of music and the history of the composers etc. It is my hope to create well rounded musicians who can both effectively perform classical repertoire as well as sit down at a piano with no music and still be an innovator of music. I also hope to instill in my students love and appreciation for music as a medium for expressing emotion. As a piano teacher, I adore my students, and I love encouraging them to feel the excitement that comes from having meaningful experiences with music when they are practicing or performing.
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