Teaching Philosophy

For me, piano study is a holistic approach to the development of the individual. I believe piano study is an unparalleled vehicle for self-discovery, growth, and self-appreciation. My priority is to nurture every single gift and talent placed in my path, coupled with my experience, training, and qualifications to help students reach their musical goals.

Self-discovery: Every student learns differently, and at their own pace. Although I've performed extensive research into facilitative teaching (where the teacher adapts teaching to suit the learning style of the student), students are still showing me new ways to learn and practice. My job is to help students learn what works for them...and I hope that this investigative process continues to inspire other areas of their lives.

Growth: Piano asks that we engage multi-dimensional aspects of ourselves: as it uses our kinesthetic, cerebral, and emotional modalities. The discipline and patience that music study requires is an important antidote to our accustomed culture of instant gratification. Students experience the true pride in themselves that can only come from patient hard work, commitment, and dedication to mastery. I am here to support and encourage this process every step of the way.

Self-appreciation: Perhaps the hardest lesson but most crucial. In piano lessons, students learn to objectively assess their process and outcome. I take care to praise the work and process, not the individual. I feel that healthy self-esteem grows from actions-- taking risks, respecting process, and getting back up. Students become stronger in themselves because their self-esteem remains intact and separate from the ability to create. 

While I know today's students are stretched thin between activities and schoolwork, I expect the student will set aside time to reinforce what we cover in lessons during the week. While I can offer custom-tailored teaching and practice suggestions, the student must meet me halfway by implementing enjoyable ways to practice.

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