I found my love for piano early in my life and enjoy the privilege of having an integral part in developing a love for music in my students as they begin or continue their musical journey. I have a Bachelor of Science degree (psychology major) from Grand Canyon University and a Master of Counseling degree from Arizona State University. As a licensed professional counselor my focus has been on child and adolescent therapy. It is with great excitement that I am returning to teaching piano lessons with the opening of my own home-based studio, Bitzer Piano Studio. I have completed all 12 graded levels of the Arizona Study Program receiving outstanding performance and theory scores each year. I have also played keyboard and piano in multiple bands, including bands affiliated with Grand Canyon University, and was a lead pianist for my church for many years. I also have experience with improvisation from chord charts. Teaching piano lessons and sharing my passion for the art of piano playing is a true joy. Lessons are generally comprised of theory, technique, and repertoire. Monthly musicale (group lesson) is also provided. My students will be prepared for participation in the Arizona Study Program, though I do not require participation. I provide piano lessons to children age 4 through high school. My experience in piano playing and teaching, in addition to my experience working with children and adolescents allows me to customize each student's lesson in a way that is supportive to his or her learning style. I am a member of the National Music Teachers Association, Arizona State Music Teachers Association, and East Valley Music Teachers Association.
EVMTA (East Valley Music Teachers' Association), ASMTA (Arizona State Music Teachers' Association)