Learning to play the piano is no easy task but the joy that the process will bring to students and their families is unmistakeable. It is my goal to guide my students through this learning process and instill in them an appreciation for the results of hard work, the fun of creative expression and an understanding of music and its importance in the world around them.
One of the benefits of individual instruction is the freedom to make adjustments to my lesson plan and repertoire selection to suit the needs of every student. Students are more motivated to practice pieces that they are excited about!
There are key elements of piano technique and musicianship that are at the core of my teaching philosophy such as:
Accomplishing the goal of attaining any new skill comes with the necessity of developing and maintaining good practice habits. With younger students, parents must be a part of this process. There are different ways to encourage your young one to commit to daily practice including practice charts and rewards for consistency. I do my best to provide support and suggestions for establishing regular, productive practice habits.
Finally and most importantly, it is my goal that piano lessons should be a positive, joyful and fun experience for all involved. My approach is to be patient, kind and accepting of all of my students individual strengths and weaknesses. In my many years of teaching, I have come to recognize that positive reinforcement is a greater motivator than negativity.
I believe in the importance of providing performance opportunities for my students. Throughout the year, I organize recitals at area Assisted Living facilities. The experience not only provides a low-stress performance opportunity, it also gives the students the reward of experiencing first-hand the power of music and the joy that their perfromance can bring to an audience. In recital, I encourage students to perform their own original compositons, to accompany themseves as singers, to accompany other instrumentalists and to perform duets with siblings and fellow students.