Piano Lessons

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 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 hoping 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?

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

Teaching Philosophy

Cultivating a friendly and nurturing atmosphere in which you can progress at your own pace.

Collaborating on setting goals and choosing repertoire, and staying in open communication about how it's going.

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

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

Lessons take place in person at my Ithaca, NY studio or online via Zoom.

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

Over 20 years teaching experience, including 18 as a college professor

Certified Teacher, The Art of Practicing®. Advanced pedagogy studies with Madeline Bruser to help pianists unlock ease, confidence, and expressive freedom.

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