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BA, Auburn University Montgomery, Comm and Theatre
I am a musician who loves to pass on my love of music to others. I have been teaching piano for 8 years, and violin for 1. I do not have a degree in music, but I was on the payroll for my university for 4 years as the only accompanist, while also playing for churches and events. I have also accompanied several concerts and musicals in the area. I have experience teaching 5-year-olds as well as adults who are just beginning. I consider my teaching style relaxed but focused. If a student is having trouble with something, we will focus on it, even if that means we don't accomplish everything we had planned for a lesson.
When I teach, I emphasis consistent practice along with the enjoyment of the music my students are learning. Ages 5 to 10, I focus more on memorization of skills and hand coordination, over an understanding of theory. Ages 10 to 14, we focus on theory and mastery of skills. Ages 14 and up, we will focus on styles the student enjoys playing, songs they wish to learn, as well as performance techniques and memorization of songs. At any point, if a student wishes to perform at a festival, a concert, or for their church, I will help them prepare, and even rearrange a song so that it is at their level of play. I always encourage my students to push themselves and play songs that will teach them new things and push their abilities.
For beginning students, I usually start with Piano Adventures curriculum, starting with just the lesson book. Around level two we will add the theory book and if the student shows an eagerness for more songs, the performance book as well. Around level four I will also add the technique and artistry book. Along the way, if a student requests a certain song or brings their own music book, we will also learn those songs. If a student wishes to learn to play for church, we will include hymns and strategies to play with singers.
At the end of the day, I want my students to enjoy music and the playing of it. That is more important to me than the perfection of skills or the difficulty at which a student can play. I believe that if a student enjoys playing the piano, they will want to practice and eventually decide on things they want to learn, and after they have stopped taking lessons, will continue to play and push themselves. I also encourage students to find ways to play for others, whether that be to perform for their parents once a month, play for their church once a month, or play for their school talent show. Confidence in one's abilities transfers to enjoyment.
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