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About Erika

In combining her love for music, teaching and children, Erika has found great joy in teaching piano and having the opportunity to influence each individual life.  

She gave her life to Christ at a young age and it has been her desire to live her life for Him and bring Him glory through the piano, knowing that it is “…not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”   Titus 3: 5,6

Born and raised in Seattle, WA, Erika has had a lifelong passion for music, beginning piano studies at the age of 5 and continuing for another 20 years.  Those years included an emphasis on classical and sacred music as well as experience in piano accompaniment.  Erika has enjoyed working with children of all ages for 20 years in various settings, including experience with special needs children, teaching English as a Second Language and tutoring elementary students.

Erika moved to the Birmingham, AL area in 2010 and loves her work as a piano teacher.  She teaches piano to students from the greater Birmingham area, including Pelham, AL, Alabaster, AL, Montevallo, AL, Birmingham, AL, and Hoover, AL. She lives in Calera, AL with her wonderful husband, Bryan and son, Andrew and currently teaches piano in her home studio.    

Education

  • ~ 10 years of classical study with Diane Williams of Seattle, WA (Suzuki method).
  • ~ 10 years of study with Marilyn Marsh of Lynnwood, WA, (emphasis on classical, sacred and hymn improvisation).
  • ~ Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute.
  • ~ Music courses in Indianapolis, IN, including Piano Pedagogy, Sound Foundations, and Teaching Children’s Choir.
  • ~ Certified church based ESL (English as a Second Language) Instructor
  • ~ Certified Mayron Cole Group Piano Instructor

Musical Experience She has greatly enjoyed overseas ministry and has visited 12 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Her experiences have included piano performance in public schools on 4 mission trips to Taiwan. Erika has played for weddings and provided church piano accompaniment for vocalists, congregational singing, and children’s music programs beginning in her teenage years.  She began teaching piano in 2008 for children through adults and has loved it ever since!

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