Originally from Long Island, New York, Diane began her piano studies at a young age, where she extensively studied different styles of music. After spending her high school years at the Precollege of the Manhattan School of Music, Diane received a Bachelor's degree in Music Education with a primary in piano from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Professor Vincent Lenti. She received her Master's degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at Southern Methodist University, where she studied with Dr. Catharine Lysinger.
Currently, Diane is working on her Master's degree in Collaborative Piano at The Juilliard School, studying with Mr. Jonathan Feldman.
Diane feels that the pinnacle of teaching begins when a student no longer needs a teacher to maintain a skill. Independence in piano learning is a lifelong goal that has become the center for much of Diane’s teaching. She feels that it is vital for teachers to provide the necessary tools for students to create an identity with piano. Independence fosters ownership, which allows many, particularly younger students, to find pride and joy in a skill they have accomplished with their own effort.
There is no level of aptitude or knowledge that bars who Diane teaches. Rather, what is most important is a desire to learn, as well as support from the family. She focuses on note-reading, musical and artistic expression, efficient practice habits, and technique as a foundation for continuous learning.