As an educator, Stephanie promises to do everything in her power to provide a positive, educational and challenging atmosphere for learning. She will continue to further her teaching skills and music knowledge by being an active part of Andover Educators, Oregon Music Teachers Association, by reading professional publications, practicing diligently and engaging with other musicians and musical performances that will lead to her own personal and professional growth. Stephanie encourages feelings of success and empowerment at each lesson and aims to create a balanced program of theory, technique, ear-training, sight-reading and performance opportunities. She is dedicated to making piano as inviting, exciting and challenging as possible!
Stephanie welcomes piano students of all ages, abilities and genres to study at her private studio in SE Portland.
"Stephanie is an amazing teacher to students of all levels and of all ages! Stephanie meets you where you are and can cater her teaching approach to accommodate different learning styles and what works best for you or your student. She is a wonderfully joyful and encouraging teacher, and her skills and talent are unmatched. You are in terrific hands literally and figuratively!" -Kristin C., age 40
"I like piano more because she's really friendly and I'm amazed at what I can play now" - Aiden, age 11
"Not only is Stephanie a talented and accomplished pianist (such a pleasure to listen to her!), but she is a gifted teacher - a quality that I think is the most important in a piano instructor (especially for children and teens). Stephanie is patient but motivating; she challenges students, and provides constructive criticism, but always lets the student know she has confidence in their abilities. Stephanie has also always emphasized the "joy" in music with my 2 kids. She acknowledges that learning how to play the piano can be hard work, but that it's also important to have fun - so she encouraged my kids to choose some of their own pieces to work on (in any genre), and agreed that sometimes its ok to take a break, or even be silly. My two children have relatively different learning styles, and I think Stephanie was able to accommodate that really well with her teaching methods. She is super professional, and just a super person all around!" - Andrea V., age 39
"Stephanie is a truly exceptional teacher. I have been taking piano lessons for 2 years. I am 63 and had never played the piano but it was my dream to learn. Stephanie has made that dream come true. She engages you in the music and teaching with the result of enjoying the experience but learning in a meaningful way . I appreciate her pushing me gently at times to help me go beyond where I limit myself. I also have enjoyed the adult music sessions with her other pupils and recitals. These have been great ways to share music in the piano/music community.Stephanie is the kind of teacher that makes you want to learn and always makes you feel your potential to do that in way that is positive and fun." - Debbie H.
"Stephanie always pushes me to grow, even if I'm more comfortable in my comfort zone. She makes sure that I know that it's okay, even good, to make mistakes, and that it is a natural part of learning. She is very supportive of my personal endeavors, not just relating to piano. Since I started taking lessons from Stephanie, I have been much more enthusiastic about playing, and I have learned so much in the past two years with Stephanie than I ever have. Everyone should take lessons from Stephanie!" - Alice M., age 14
"She's a great musician and really nice and I really like her style." -Kaitlyn, age 7