My job as teacher is to give each student well-rounded tools to help discover their musical interests and develop their musical journey. They play pop and jazz songs, as well as the classical greats. In addition to learning the essential elements of music (theory, rhythm, reading, aural training, and technique), they will play from lead sheets, improvise songs and compose their own pieces. The needs and wants of each student will be different, so I keep those in mind as I individualize each student's lessons. And of course, fun will be added in! I give lots of encouragement and honest compliments, along with positive feedback of areas where improvement can be made.
Preschoolers: 3-1/2 to 5 year olds will enjoy fun music activities and games, using rhythm instruments, off-the-bench movement, finger plays, and introduction to the piano, using a no-practice curriculum. A piano is not needed at home for this level.
Children Aged 6 years and Older: Students will be taught using balanced music method books/curricula appropriate for their skill level, along with music in the genres they're interested in learning. We'll also play creative games and activities, and delve into songwriting and improvisation. For home practice, you will need an acoustic or digital piano with weighted and full-sized piano keys.
I welcome those who are just beginning piano studies and those who have played piano in the past and are getting back to the piano after a long absence. Playing the piano may be a casual hobby for you or maybe you're interested in making it a new hobby. If you're only interested in learning a certain genre of music, I will style your lessons around you, no matter what your goals may be. I do expect you to practice at home as you can, so you will need an acoustic or digital piano with weighted and full-sized piano keys.
Practice every day or close to every day is essential for learning to play the piano successfully. For children who are 6 years or older, it is very important that parents are able to help their child keep the practice routine and assist them with the assignment instructions given by the teacher. The younger the student, the more the help will be needed. Preschoolers will not have practice assignments, per se, but they will benefit from reviewing rhymes and songs at home that have been covered during lessons. Even if parents don't read music, they can still help their child with practice at home.