Music is a language, and it is a necessity of life that every person deserves to learn to “speak.” As a Music Educator, I strive to develop the natural musical abilities inherent in all of us by providing a musically rich, motivating, and supportive environment.
I offer a learning experience that engages the student and meets their needs, while providing ongoing positive reinforcement. I strive to offer students an experience that will motivate them towards a commitment and lifelong love of learning music. I excel in developing artistry and expression in my students and providing lessons that touch on all areas of musicianship.
Early Childhood Music
I firmly believe in the essential benefits of Early Childhood Music Education and the role it plays on developing a lifelong love of music. First and foremost, I focus on the process and joy of learning and making music, while at the same time developing basic music competence. I seek to educate parents and caregivers in the essential role they play in their child’s musical development through listening activities, singing, rhythm, instrument play, and movement.
Private Piano Study
Beyond the early years, I strive to continue musical development in my students by applying an integrated and well-rounded approach to teaching and learning piano. Areas of technical approach, musicianship, music literacy, and repertoire are a part of each lesson. To inspire growth and musical development, I work with my students to set a combination of personalized long-term and short-term goals throughout their musical journey to ensure individual success. I try to instill a sense of discipline and responsibility, while nurturing creativity and self-expression. Students are encouraged to participate in sharing music with the larger community through recitals, festivals, competitions, and local retirement homes. I invite students to join in the excitement and challenge of preparing for a Royal Conservatory of Music exam. These opportunities are confidence builders; providing a sense of accomplishment and further motivation for students to progress along their musical path.
Meeting the Needs of Students
As a Music Educator, it is important to teach to the needs of each student. The first questions I ask all students are “Why do you want to take lessons?” and “What do you want to accomplish after your lessons are completed?” Whether you have a goal of learning familiar songs, studying at the university level, learning for pleasure, achieving a level of proficiency (i.e. to accompany a church choir) to improve on another instrument, a plan of study is designed specifically to meet those needs. It is important to remember that learning for pleasure still involves serious study and a level of commitment to ensure bad habits and improper technique do not develop. Hence, the importance of setting goals will lead to selecting repertoire and a pace of study that is most appropriate for the student. At the beginning of each term, short-term goals are set to help students successfully achieve their long-term goals. This will include appropriate expectations for practicing along with attainable timelines.
Early Piano Study
For younger students, the focus is on engaging the student’s interest and enjoyment of learning music in several ways. Engagement can be attained by selecting music that a student connects to, providing constant emotional support as they learn new skills, and integrating all areas of musical development. Consistent feedback with positive reinforcement from both teacher and parents is essential to ongoing study. When these characteristics are maintained, the student will begin to feel competent and derive more self-esteem which furthers motivation to continue in musical development and study.
Higher Levels of Piano Study
It is imperative that the above characteristics also be maintained as the student progresses to higher levels of musical study. In the early stage of music study, a student’s perception of their competence relies heavily on the external factor of reinforcement, primarily from their teacher. As they progress on, students begin to internalize their progress, however they still require both reinforcement and feedback to continue with their journey.
To make music a part of your life or to further develop the role music plays in your life, come join us at Music for Life!