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B.A. Union University, English Literature
I'm an English Teacher with a passion for music and education. I've been playing the piano for 17 years and I know the joy that comes from the ability to play beautiful music. I want to share that joy with others! I taught piano in High School and after college for a while and I absolutely enjoyed the experience of teaching a skill that is being taught less and less often. I believe that learning an instrument teaches more than just the skill itself; it teaches the commitment and persistence of overcoming learning hurdles and seeing that pay off in a beautiful way.
My teaching dates back to my high school days, as I began teaching private lessons in my students' homes. I learned as I went along the different ways to engage different types of students, and I loved seeing the growth from week to week. I've found that my students took a lot of pride in learning to play a song they thought was too difficult for them, or in overcoming a specific hurdle. In learning to play an instrument, you learn that no challenge can get the best of you if you sit down and do the work. You can overcome anything with the right mindset.
I typically start beginners with the Teaching Little Fingers to play books. After going through the books at whatever rate the student needs to retain information, I will move on to solo repertoire pieces that align with the students' interests and tastes. I remember my piano teacher when I was a child bringing over several books for me to choose from, and it was the most exciting thing. I do the same with my students, so that the learning stays fun and students get to reap the rewards of their hard work throughout the process.
I require my students to put in the work to make these lessons a worthwhile investment, but I think the most important thing is to retain the joy of taking piano lessons. I don't want practice to feel forced, however I do think there is a certain amount of will power that goes along with learning a skill. Therefore, I require students to do a time minimum of practice appropriate for the age and skill level. I reward these accomplishments and the student sees the reward in their ability to play better every time they sit down at the piano.
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