A wise man once said, “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.” When I try to explain my philosophy, I often find myself thinking about the intangible way music makes people feel. As a piano teacher, this is what’s important to me—that my students experience music, and enjoy it. I believe that music should be fun. If nothing else, I want my students to enjoy playing the piano.
My goal is to give proper instruction that will help my students learn independence. They should be able to practice correctly, count, articulate, set goals, perform, and share their knowledge and love of music to others.
When my students learn independence, they reinforce their self-esteem and create the motivation to continue learning. I strive to create an environment where my students feel welcome and happy. Understanding what they bring to the table helps me develop a teaching style that will fit them personally.
Giving the gift of music to your child is one of the most enjoyable experiences of a lifetime!
My piano studio consists of two brightly lit rooms. The atmosphere is fun, inviting and conducive to learning.
In one studio are two new Yamaha Clavinovas and an Mac Book Pro laptop connected to one of the Clavinovas for sight-reading, notating and printing music. This set-up allows students to record, compose, and play ensemble pieces together, which are all favorite activities. Each Clavinova has ear phones, which enables the student and his/her teacher to work independently. In the other room is an acoustic Petrof piano, and a 27' inch iMac computer and iPad that is used for supplementing theory and ear training.
I hold weekly lessons in my home piano studio. Each student has a three-ring binder with five sections: technique, assignment sheets, music terminology, reference materials, and staff paper.
Unique to my studio are teacher assistants. They are selected from my older students and/or others who are qualified to assist me. The use of teacher assistants is twofold. First, teacher assistants allow flexibility and meet the needs of multiple students. Second, the teacher assistants themselves gain valuable teaching experience. This arrangement allows 40 minutes of piano time for each student.
Students from Beginning to Intermediate levels will have one hour lessons with three other students.
During the lesson time, Students rotate every 20 minutes:
Students who are Beginning to Intermediate and are not scheduled in a rotating lesson with three students, will have a private 40 minute lesson.
Students who are in Late Intermediate to Advanced levels have private one-on-one lessons with me. These lessons are 45 minutes.