Instruments: Piano, Organ, French Horn
I am a very patient teacher, but I also push my students to go beyond what they believe they are capable of. I am organized and keep records of what was accomplished in each lesson. I also believe in setting realistic goals, both long- and short-term. Together, my students and I will develop a plan to reach those goals.
Teaching Methods: For beginners, I like to use Faber but am willing to discuss other methods. As the student progresses, I tend to move away from method books and decide on the repertoire to fit each student. Everyone has a different musical goal and I strive to meet with appropriate repertoire.
Teaching Styles: During the initial meeting, I find out what the student wants to accomplish from piano lessons. After hearing what they want I compile a plan of how to achieve his goals. No matter what the goals are for the individual, I give all my students a strong theory foundation. Knowing theory helps in all areas of music!
Instruments: Piano, Voice
For Piano students: I teach from Faber and Faber (age appropriate volumes) and encourage a disciplined home practice routine that includes a practice log and weekly goals. Solo pieces added over time. Performances - even if only an in home recital for a few family members and friends - are encouraged about once a semester. For voice students: I teach very tailored lessons to suit individual goals, even if the goal is just to sing better in the shower. Lessons include voice and breathing exercises, posture work, listening assignments, song repertoire, and some training in musicianship which will be determined based on the student's prior experience. I'm going to teach you in the style you prefer and help you set and achieve individual goals for your voice.
I have been teaching piano for children and adults since 2006. As mentioned in my About Me section, I begin by teaching foundations such as reading music, basic theory, and ear training, combined with a unique and easy to follow approach to improvisation. It is Throughout the years music has given me the keys to unlocking passion and expressing emotion, and I find it important to help students find that same passion for music within their first few lessons. Music has to be fun, it has to be inspiring and, particularly in younger students, there has to be some tangible reward to the effort that is put into hours of practice.
Instruments: Piano, Guitar
I have learned that each student is unique, so I work hard to create a learning experience that is fun, rewarding and stylistically appropriate. Also, everyone progresses at a different rate, so creating individual goals that match each student's pace and learning style is important to me. And finally, celebration of progress and achievement is key to encouraging each student to reach for more. In the end, it has to be a fun AND rewarding experience. Choosing the right instruction path for each individual student is key to success.
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