I started taking piano lessons when I was 9 years old from an extraordinary teacher who happened to live across the street from me in Attleboro, Massachuetts. What was extraordinary is that she studied with the late Raymund Mauro, a student of Cortot and Casadessus and the late Madame Avis Bliven Charbonnel of Providence, a pupil of Leschetisky in Vienna. Imagine having a teacher of this brilliance in your backyard! I didn't fully appreciate this fact until I went to the Boston Conservatory of Music as a piano major and realized that my preparation was unparalleled to many. But oh.... if I only practiced more growing up!
Most of my 40+ years in music has been teaching piano privately and as a classroom music teacher in the public schools. I loved teaching and decided to leave the pressure of performance behind. Because of my own personal experiences and the benefits of arts education, I became a strong advocate for quality arts education in our schools. Before my retirement in 2012, my focus was to bring the arts to as many children in the community through in-school and after school programs. I am very proud of my accomplishments and fortunate to have these opportunities during my career.
But like many creative people, I was starving for something new. I literally was having dreams of playing the piano without mistakes... just playing on and on! These were beautiful dreams. I felt as if I was gliding among the clouds with my eyes closed enveloped by sounds that were calming, uplifting, exciting and sublime without words. That's when I started improvising on the piano like in my dreams. And like my dream, I could do this with my eyes closed. Just basking in the sounds not thinking of key, meter or tempo. I just let it flow... Usually you can't replicate your dreams, but I did... the music was there and it needed to get out!
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