What joy to teach you piano.
Hi, I'm Sophie! I'm a devoted, enthusiastic, caring, cheerful, and conscientious piano teacher, for both adults and kids.
I firmly believe in the ability of music lessons to enhance the development of children (and "grown up children," too!) in all areas of life. While learning how to play the piano and read music, my students also learn how to employ skills of critical listening, active engagement, recovery from setbacks, focus and persistence, and respect for themselves, others, and the creative process. It is an honor to equip my students with these invaluable tools for navigating the world!
I began my piano studies at the ripe age of 3, and was taught by renowned Suzuki teacher Rita Hauck in Cincinnati. I moved to Seattle at the age of 9, and began lessons with Yunbo Cassady, the Washington MTNA Chair. I was awarded many accolades during my youth, and played with as a soloist with four youth and semi-professional orchestras, including a really cool rendition of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with both the Seattle Philharmonic and the Seattle Symphony. I also played the cello, and was Principal Cellist of the Cascade Youth Symphony for three years.
I attended the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and received her degree in Classical Piano Performance under the tutelage of the inimitable Jon Kimura Parker, graduating summa cum laude. While living in Houston, I was hired as accompanist for the Galena Park School District, and accompanied 7 area choirs for many concerts and competitions. After moving to Portland in 2011, I began to teach private piano lessons, and developed my warm, playful, attentive teaching approach--which I continue to use with great success. I've been told my love of teaching is infectious!
I am an active OMTA member, and a former faculty member at Resound NW Music School. I now teach lessons out of my beautiful home studio near the Lloyd Center in NE Portland (Eliot/Irvington neighborhood), and have limited availability for in-home lessons.
The Bottom Line:
Seeing the countless skills - and boundless joy! - that my students acquire from their piano studies is one of my favorite things in the whole wide world. I'd love to support you and your kids in learning piano and embracing a love of music. Let's play!