Mt Tabor Music is a piano and voice studio for adults and children with a focus on beginners and shy learners.
The studio's approach incorporates traditional techniques combined with methods developed over the past 15 years, nurturing improvisation, songwriting, and playing by ear. Each student is encouraged to learn and explore at their own pace while lessons are tailored to fit their individual needs. This strikes a balance between keeping students challenged and interested, without becoming overwhelming or tedious. After I get to know your strengths, we focus on the techniques that best compliment your learning style and interests.
With a base in the Mt. Tabor neighborhood since 2008, many students and families know each other, creating a community of encouragement and motivation. There are two relaxed, informal piano recitals a year for all students and their families. Lessons are taught weekly, year-round, in the Mt. Tabor neighborhood by professional musician and Berklee College of Music graduate, Laura Greene.
Why I teach
Learning a new instrument is fun, but it can also be challenging. A music student is developing perseverance, patience, problem-solving, abstract understanding, mental and emotional fitness, and coordination. These tools translate to all other aspects of their lives. My passion is helping people, especially younger students, develop these abilities not only as musicians, but as individuals. An understanding of music and the arts leads to a greater understanding of humanity, and we could all benefit from that!
Piano is a great instrument to learn the basics of music because it's easy to play. All you have to do is push down a key! The visual layout of the keyboard reinforces understanding that can be transferred to any other instrument later on. Furthermore, the piano is a complex instrument that can take a lifetime to master, yet only a few minutes to understand. Many students can play simple songs with just a little bit of guidance. The piano offers vast opportunities in style and mastery, whether it's learning something from the radio or reading Bach, improvising jazz or jamming with a band, writing a song, or playing something relaxing after hard day, the possibilities are endless. Playing piano is never a waste of time.
There are a plethora of studies documenting how music is good for our brains. In children, music aids in developing their intellectual, perceptual, and cognitive skills. In older adults, it keeps these tools sharp. Just listening to music can ease pain and depression, motivate or relax us, and enable us to better communicate and empathize. Above all however, music is art; a form of expression, creativity, and emotion. It makes us feel alive.