I have been playing in churches since the age of fourteen. I have been both pianist and organist for several Roanoke area churches. I recently retired from my position as a Choir Director and a Pianist for a local area church. I currently fill-in as a substitute pianist for many local churches.
In my working with children’s music programs, summer camps, as well as volunteering with special needs organizations, I have fostered a passion for sharing my love of playing the piano and teaching others. I am blessed to have had the opportunities to have this talent to become a huge part of my life.
Music, and the piano specifically, provides a valuable therapy for everyone who is fortunate enough to have the opportunity to learn how to play.
My current students certainly agree, and I welcome the opportunity to share our enthusiasm with you or your child.
Private Piano Lessons
My mission is simple but firm: “To teach the love of music, using the piano, to both typical and special needs students through individualized lesson plans”
Though not a pure music major, I am a former teacher who realized very early that all students do not learn the same way. Every student I have is truly unique in interest, application, and learning style, and for those reasons, each lesson is refreshing, fun, and exciting! The basics (theory and technique) are certainly a vital part of this program, but when ready, students are encouraged to “make pieces their own.” What a joy to see this phase unfold!
Simply stated, LaLa is what my grandchildren call me and for that reason alone, it’s my favorite ‘name’. The icing on the cake is that it has a nice music connotation, so
“La La’s Piano Players” seemed a logical choice!
As a young piano student, I was highly motivated and inspired by one particularly creative piano teacher who made my lessons challenging, interesting and fun. Had she not let me be “me,” I would not have fallen in love with playing the piano the way that I did!