Teaching

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MY PHILOSOPHY


Teaching is one of the most important, valuable and meaningful aspects of music making.  As an extremely active teacher, both privately and at the college level, I strive to prepare students for success at the piano.  If accepted, students will gain a strong understanding of music theory and history, build a wide and varied repertoire, and establish healthy and natural technical habits while exploring the principles of expression in piano playing.

Plato wrote, "music is a more potent instrument than any other for education."  Music uses both sides of the brain, a fact that makes it valuable in all areas of development.  The study of music is beneficial in numerous ways including self-esteem building, providing an outlet for creativity, and establishing an enduring skill that will continue to bring pleasure throughout one’s life.  In addition, the study of piano aids in the development of one’s attention span, concentration level, visual memory, aural memory, problem-solving skills, time-management and organizational skills, goal-setting and task-completion skills and the confidence to face new situations and challenges.

I am extremely dedicated and committed to my students and believe in creating a supportive environment with honest and constructive criticism.  My goal is to help them develop into the best pianists, musicians and artists they can be.  My students will learn to read and play a score proficiently, as I believe that sight-reading is an absolutely critical part of piano playing.  Theory and technique are taught in the context of their playing, as well as separately in etudes and exercises.  Although an emphasis is placed on “Classical” repertoire (Baroque through Contemporary periods) the curriculum is always tailored to the student's interests and goals.

Students will undoubtedly differ in terms of level, ability and development, yet I maintain high standards and expectations for each of them.  Students who are accepted must demonstrate commitment through attendance at the weekly lessons, regular daily practice and participation in studio recitals.  Parents are encouraged to be involved in their child’s musical education.

I believe that the greatest teachers in any subject are those who inspire their students.  The relationship between a piano teacher and his or her student must be one of mutual respect, for it is absolutely necessary for learning to occur.  I owe so much to my wonderful teachers - Dr. Mark Sullivan, Menahem Pressler and André-Michel Schub - with whom I hold the utmost respect.  They all, in very different ways, showed me the wealth of possibility in music.  I aspire to give my current and future students the drive to explore all that the world of music has to offer.

 

To inquire about lessons and/or to schedule a consultation, please feel free to contact me through the contact page.