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Sam Ash Electronic Music Scholarship
I have been a music instructor since 1979. I teach the piano, spinet organ and keyboards. I also have a passion in MIDI computer music. I love seeing students excel and be given the opportunity to do well in their skill set. The process of life-long learning, sharing of knowledge and skills is one of my deepest passions in the teaching and training field. I enjoy teaching both onsite and online utilizing traditional methods along with current computer technology combined with effective teaching strategies and approaches which engages students and learners in a motivating and enriching learning experience.
I have been a music instructor since 1979. I teach the piano, spinet organ and keyboards. I have a passion in computer & digital music as well. Part of my music passion is to play in churches and bands. Such experiences and knowledge are shared with all my students. I love seeing students excel and be given the opportunity to do well in their skill set. Part of my teaching involves using technology to engage and enhance learning applications. The greatest joy of teaching accomplishment is to be able to see the big smile and pride in students when they are able to play and produce their own music. I am a firm believer that all students are creative and expressive in their own way! My students have performed under many music organizations as well, as participated in concerts in Carnegie hall and exams under the London School of music (both theory and practical)
I strongly believe is positive reinforcement methods. I will work with each student pending on the learning style they need and type of music they are interested in. Also, I try to engage and get the student excited about what they are learning. This is important to progress and keeping them interested in what they do. In relation to teaching any subject area, I strongly believe that students should be taught the basics or fundamentals, and then guided and encouraged to apply and share concepts learned to various scenarios related to the subject area. They must also be allowed to be creative, explore and experiment with new ideas, as well as make and learn from their mistakes. With higher cognitive applications, students must be able to learn how to solve and overcome problem tasks, as well as apply critical thinking and supported with justified solutions. The end product of successful teaching is when the learner or student is able to utilize and apply the fundamentals of what have been taught to higher levels of learning, while achieving their maximum and fullest potential lifelong learning goals.
I believe in teaching foundational skills or concepts in a way that allows students to use their individual preferred genres of music as the subject of study. I also like to use technology interactively to teach less-engaging concepts. Any form of progress is acknowledged and used as a stepping stone to the next level. Rapid changes in technology have caused a great impact in the effective delivery of teaching and training methods for learners and students of different learning styles. I strongly believe that an effective instructor is one who not only actively pursues life long learning for personal gains, but also has a vision of reaping valuable results which will affect learners
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