Rhapsody in You Online Piano Studio

Hi, I’m Laura! I’m a pianist, teacher, and certified meditation instructor.

I spent 18 years as a college professor before I found my true calling: helping others make music mindfully.

I work with adult pianists to overcome mental and physical challenges so they can express themselves joyfully at the piano.

Does any of this describe you?

You're an intermediate or advanced adult student and you want to make music with joy and ease.

You're open to new ideas for relaxing your technique and freshening up your practice sessions.

You have an interest in learning how to calm the mind and body to serve your music-making.

Not sure if you fit one of these descriptions?

Before I worked with Laura,  I had considered myself someone who played piano, but never thought of myself as a “pianist.” Her focus on healthy playing, performance anxiety, and mental and physical health, in general, has helped me develop my technique, gain confidence, and sustain a career that involves long periods of playing, and still be healthy!

Nancy O'Connor

Associate Music Director, Evita, Shakespeare Theatre Company

Teaching Philosophy

Cultivating a friendly and nurturing atmosphere in which you can progress at your own pace, feel supported and encouraged, and be free to communicate openly.

Nurturing joy and confidence so that playing the piano is a joyful expression of your soul that nourishes you and the world.

Relaxing the mind and body to ease movement, increase mental focus and awareness, and unlock expressive joy.

My playing is much more comfortable, and the mindfulness practices we did totally shifted my thinking about music-making. I no longer worry about technical passages in the piece but instead how I will translate my love of music to the listener. I love these breakthroughs that we have in my lessons!

Xander Dawson

Woodwind Doubler and Company Manager for Explora Journeys

Lessons take place online via Zoom. Students from all time zones welcome!

 

I can help you relax your mind and body so you can play with joy and ease.

Sound like a fit for you?

Professional Highlights

Certified Teacher of the Art of Practicing®. Advanced teacher training with Madeline Bruser to help pianists unlock ease, confidence, and expressive freedom

Meditation Instructor, Cornell University

Former faculty member at Ithaca College, Westminster Choir College, and The College of New Jersey

Doctor of Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

Master of Music, Piano Performance and Pedagogy, Penn State University

Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance and Pedagogy, Westminster Choir College

MNDFL and Open Heart Project Certified Meditation Instructor

I knew that Laura was going to be a great fit from my very first lesson with her. She approaches everything with kindness and compassion and cares about educating the whole person, not just the pianist. I wouldn’t be where I am today without her lessons.

Elizabeth Dawson

Elementary Music Teacher, Cayuga Heights Elementary School

I always walk out of lessons with Laura with a more confident and centered approach to both music and life! I have been able to keep piano in my life as a joyful and creative musical outlet solely because of her patience and musical expertise. I don’t play piano because I need to, I play because it’s fun.

Genevieve Fritz

Trumpet and Music Education Student, Case Western Reserve University