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MEd, Teaching & Learning
Continuing education, Stuidio of Steven Vaglica, Detroit
Continuing education, Studio of Madeleine Bruser, NYC
Hello! I'm a teacher with over twenty years of experience both in the classroom and with individual lessons. I enjoy sharing my passion for music with students of all ages, and love seeing them grow in confidence and ability. I graduated with a BA in Piano and an M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning. For the past ten years I have had the privilege to work as an Artist Instructor at a charter school; I also accompany two choirs, serve as the musician at a local church, and music direct shows in community theatre, as well as teaching piano privately.
I've had private students since graduating from college, in three different states. I enjoy working with all ages, especially when a student is eager to learn. One of my favourite memories is hearing a 67 year old beginner piano student play her first recital solo, and seeing how happy she was afterwards. I am comfortable teaching out of my home studio, or travelling to your home -- whichever is easier for you! Continuing to study with various teachers myself helps me stay on top of current pedagogical practices and keeps my methods fresh.
I use the Faber method books for young beginners. I've found that this method introduces new concepts at a pace almost everyone enjoys, and it has plenty of supplemental material to keep all learners engaged. I have taught music theory at a high school level for ten years, and love to incorporate theory and sight singing instruction into my lessons. With adults, I usually begin with the Alfred All-In-One book, and once they have the basics down, begin introducing repertoire guided by their interests.
I view piano lessons as a collaborative effort; meeting each student on their own level and discovering what they enjoy helps everyone stay motivated and engaged. Consistent practice is a must in order to see results, so I ask learners to keep a practice log so we can see how their progress is tied to regular practice time. I have found that students of all ages enjoy small motivational treats likes stickers and pencils! I also focus on the mechanics of playing the piano, and how we can use our bodies most effectively without stress on the joints and muscles.
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