The foundation of my teaching philosophy is based on the premise that music can help a student achieve their utmost potential. Numerous studies have demonstrated that the study of a musical instrument helps students perform better in other academic pursuits. Studying music not only supports academic skill, but can also serve as a great confidence builder by providing students with opportunities to step out of their comfort zone. Music study also develops listening and communication skills, organization and time management techniques, as well as social skills. Though these benefits of music study should already be enough to convince everyone of the promise of music, it is worth mentioning that ultimately the goal is to make music fun! With this goal in mind, I firmly believe that every student learns in their own way and at their own pace. A great teacher has the ability to quickly recognize how a student learns best and adapts their teaching style to compliment that student's individual learning style. I continually strive to be that teacher who facilitates the student in their personal journey to unlock their potential.
The majority of my students are beginner to intermediate level, age 10 to adult. Piano and voice are my primary instruments, though I also enjoy teaching other instruments, such as saxophone, trumpet, and drums. Instrumental studies will include varying levels of basic music theory, ear training and sight reading, determined by student needs, goals and proficiency. I often utilize computer programs and games to practice sight reading and music theory skills.
Interested in songwriting? How about MIDI programming? (Making music with your computer). Learn how to use DAW's (Digital Audio Workstations) like Apple's GarageBand to create your own music demos, film scores, and podcasts. Want to learn how to arrange music for your band or orchestra? Study arranging and orchestration concepts and techniques. Want to write out your songs or arrangements? Learn how to use the industry standard music notation programs, Finale or Sibelius.
It's all about repetition. Muscle memory requires consistent repetition to achieve mastery. Therefore, practicing 10-20 minutes daily is more effective than practicing twice a week for 60 minutes. Establishing a regular routine, at a specific time and place, in a quiet space without distractions, will deliver the best results.