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TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

There are many different reasons for children and adults to take piano lessons. Some parents may want to put their children in lessons in order to have competition winners, while others may want their child to simply have a musical interaction each week. I hope to create pianists who have the knowledge and skill to perform in competitions but choose to take lessons for pure enjoyment, no matter the age. 

I provide a variety of learning techniques through private and group lessons. During private lessons, I teach performance repertoire, technique, theory, aural skills and supply creative assignments that require students to think beyond the notes on the page. During group lessons, students are required to interact and work with other musicians. This is meant to enhance their appreciation for music as they play alongside one another and develop a sense of camaraderie. Group classes are also a great opportunity for students to perform in front of one another. I believe each student should have the opportunity to share their musical progress and enjoyment of piano. Therefore, I host at least one recital per year that students are highly suggested to perform in. Students who perform in recitals are recommended to memorize their pieces.  

Learning the piano is a process that takes many years. In fact, it is believed that learning to play the piano for long term enjoyment takes a minimum of six to eight years. I focus on developing ways in which students can enjoy the process of learning, and not just the result. This is accomplished through a wide variety in repertoire and an interactive explanation of new concepts that often resembles the form of an exciting game. As a music teacher, I hope to contribute a safe learning environment where students are encouraged to learn from experimentation as they discover the piano and musicianship. Support and encouragement from parents outside of lessons can help students remain focused.  

I desire to have honest and thorough communication with parents and students in order to accomplish realistic goals. These goals are set between the teacher and student and are met with daily practice. It is best to judge progress based on the length of time a student has been playing, the amount of dedication they have given to piano and observation of week to week progress. Students will always be encouraged to help choose the repertoire they want to play in order to develop students who are excited to practice and meet their goals. Their development as pianists is based off a step by step approach that includes an introduction, understanding and review of every concept to ensure that each student fully comprehends the building blocks of becoming a well-rounded pianist.  

It is my duty to help mold each individual student. However, this molding must go through a process with constructive criticism. The honest criticism, followed with words of encouragement, aids each student in reaching their maximum potential as a pianist. This style of teaching also develops independent, self-motivated, and passionate learners. Students will find more enjoyment from piano if they choose to practice consistently. I assist students in their piano development by giving them specific techniques to use in their practice sessions, resulting in efficient practicing and time management.  

As a piano teacher, I strive to continue growing as a musician and teacher throughout my career. I make it a priority to continue practicing and learning new styles, join organizations that benefit my students as well as myself and attend music conferences. I aim to enhance my teaching abilities by implementing creative games, providing new repertoire for my students and giving my students the opportunity to be creative at least once a week. I hope you will join me in discovering the musicianship within each person!