Teaching Philosophy

As a teacher, my main goals are to instill in my students a love of music, to teach a firm musical foundation with all necessary skills and knowledge for continued success, to unlock musical expressivity, and to guide students toward eventual independence by fostering the inner teacher and musician in each student. I strive to teach an age-appropriate and well-balanced curriculum that addresses each student's individual strengths and weaknesses while teaching important musical skills such as sight-reading, technique, music theory, music history, and ear training. I emphasize teaching students how to most effectively learn, practice, memorize, and perform; important skills which translate outside of the piano. I believe in regular performance opportunities as well as other positive opportunities that can be provided for each student as needed.

I believe that the rapport between teacher and student is crucial to success, and strive to actively maintain a supportive and nurturing relationship with my students. I challenge all of my students to meet and beat their personal bests by providing honest feedback and setting attainable goals. I have an open door policy for my students. They are always welcome to ask me any questions or bring up any concerns whenever they arise, even if it is outside of our scheduled lesson time.

If you have any questions about how I teach or my teaching philosophy, please contact me. The best way to find out how I teach is to contact me and sign up for a complimentary, obligation-free trial lesson with me.

 

Here's one of my beginner students after 4 months of lessons:

 

The Value of Piano Lessons

I chose to pursue a career as a pianist and piano teacher because I believe that what I teach has great value, and research backs me up!


Exerpt from " The benefits of playing piano."

"THE PHYSICAL AND mental benefits of playing music have long been recognized. The piano, in particular, has been an unparalleled outlet for those seeking escape, creative expression, and simply fun and joy. Recent years have only seen more evidence of the benefits of piano come to light, linking music making to a healthy body, a healthy mind, and a healthy life.

IMPROVE THE BODY Even though you’re sitting down, playing the piano is a workout all its own, and offers different physical and physiological advantages to players of all ages. For instance, regular piano playing sharpens fine motor skills and improves hand-eye coordination in the young and developing. Additional research has shown that group keyboard lessons for adults and seniors have a significant effect on increased levels of Human Growth Hormone — which slows the adverse effects of aging. Bringing music into your life is also proven to reduce anxiety, heart and respiratory rates, cardiac complications, and to lower blood pressure and increase immune response.

SHARPEN THE INTELLECT Piano practice also boosts cognitive and intellectual abilities, which is to say it makes you smarter and activates similar parts of the brain used in spatial reasoning and math. Studying piano has also been shown to amazingly improve memory — particularly verbal memory — and build good habits like focus and perseverance, diligence and creativity. Children who had a few years of piano study under their belts could remember twenty percent more vocabulary words than their peers. And childhood musicians are better equipped later in life to retain information from speeches and lectures. Playing piano has been shown to increase spatial-temporal ability, which figures heavily in math, science and engineering. Regular music practice at an early age can even make structural changes to the brain that stay with you for the rest of your life, making your brain more efficient both while playing and in extra-musical endeavors. Children who had a few years of piano study under their belts could remember twenty percent more vocabulary words than their peers.

CALM THE MIND Studies show that time spent at the keyboard improves mental health: people who make music experience less anxiety, loneliness, and depression. Playing piano has also been shown to be a great source of stress relief, and provides ample opportunities to bolster self-esteem. It is also a widely used form of therapy for Attention Deficit Disorder."

Piano lessons can add tremendous value to you or your child's life. Here are just a few recent articles that highlight these benefits.

Infographic- http://www.infographicsarchive.com/education-careers/infographic-musics-effect-on-learning/


Improved Brain Performance & Lifelong Benefits-

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2013/11/05/childhood-music-lessons-may-offer-lifelong-benefits

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/music-lessons-combat-povertys-effect-on-the-brain/

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/nov/12/music-lessons-early-childhood-brain-performance

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/music-lessons-for-children-boost-executive-brain-function-throughout-adult-life-9546050.html

 

Correlation with Success in Work and School-

http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/music-arts/the-benefits-of-music-education/

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/13/opinion/sunday/is-music-the-key-to-success.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

http://www.psmag.com/blogs/news-blog/new-evidence-links-music-education-higher-test-scores-64980/

http://www.apa.org/monitor/jun06/iq.aspx

 

Better verbal memory, reading skills, language learning-

http://www.webmd.com/baby/news/20030728/music-lessons-verbal-memory

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090316075843.htm

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/feb/27/musicians-better-language-learners

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/09/18/childrens-ability-to-follow-beat-may-impact-reading-language-skills/