About Jeff

Here’s a little bit about me.

I started taking piano lessons a few months before I turned six. I learned on the classic Michael Aaron primer. My first piece (which I played for a talent show) was called “March of the Middle C Twins.” It was the same note–Middle C–several times in a row. Ta da!

Realistically, I had a very hard time practicing the music I was assigned by my teachers early on–even though I enjoyed going to the lessons. The music was just plain boring. This is why it is so important to me as a teacher that my students play real music that has real appeal. I try to avoid contrived pieces (although they occasionally prove useful). Once I started playing what sounded to me like real music, I took off.

I’m not a prodigy. I have never performed far beyond other musically proficient peers. But I fell in love with the instrument and began practicing for hours a day.

I took lessons all through high school and college. I suppose one of my crowning achievements was receiving “honorable mention” in a competition in high school. Although I never worked towards a music degree in college, I continued to take lessons, play for my own enjoyment, and serve my local church as an accompanist. In college I also began to play for weddings and funerals. I don’t have an exact count, but I’ve probably performed in about 30 such ceremonies–including one time when I had to play an organ. That was wild.

Since then, I have continued to play and to teach. I don’t have a single favorite, but my range of favorite composers includes Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, and Scott Joplin. I also enjoy playing arrangements by Fred Bock, Mark Hayes, and Dino Kartsonakis.

My current full-time role is as an Arts Integration Specialist in the Opening Minds through the Arts program. You can learn all about this Tucson-grown program here. I also have 8 years experience as a certified classroom teacher with a K-8 Math Endorsement.

If you are interested in piano lessons, accompaniment, piano services, or math tutoring, please contact me.

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