Private Piano Lessons
I offer private lessons at the price of group lessons.
- Parents are always welcome during lessons.
- "I work with students and parents to create a team-approach to their child's success.
- a comprehensive piano education that will develop their musical imagination and enrich their daily life.
- to appreciate and value music as an essential form of human communication.
- the steps to learn and how to teach themselves.
- to have high expectations of themselves and to set the bar high at each step of the journey.
- mastery learning and the necessity of a detail-oriented approach; each step must be mastered before moving on, with a feeling of success after each step.
- how to practice by joining in the the process of practicing with me and leaving their lesson with a "recipe" of the steps to most easily achieve the goal of success.
- music literacy; unless otherwise agreed upon, all my students learn to read music.
- to build a repertory of carefully selected musical pieces of graded-difficulty with plenty of reinforcement at each level.
- proper piano technique and its importance to easier learning.
- music theory and musicianship. Advanced students can study harmony.
- form and analysis. from their earliest pieces, students are introduced to the structure of music.
- ear training with simple listening exercises.
- sight reading by learning the proper way to read and play new music at sight.
- music history as it relates to their pieces.
- composition; I firmly believe that creativity is the pinnacle of the arts. Student who are interested are encouraged to write their own music.
- Improvisation, piano functionality, getting around on the keyboard without music and chordal harmony.
- performance; all students are encouraged to perform at the performance recitals, allowing them to share their musical advancements with others.
Advanced students can study all these subjects more formally.
- Bring music of their own choice/interest to their lessons
- Stick to a structured approach to learning music and their instrument.
- Perform in regular recitals.
- Test yearly with the local MTNA chapter to acknowledge, validate and document their musical growth. A great resume stuffer!
- Learn different styles of music (Classical, Pop, Rock, and Jazz; whatever interests them!)
- Have fun!
- have a desire to learn music and to play the piano.
- have a positive receptive attitude towards learning.
- listen attentively and carefully to my instruction during lessons.
- attend their regularly scheduled lessons as often as possible.
- practice 6 days-a-week (Warm-up on lesson day).
- practice for the length of their lesson time, for each practice day.
- show the same respect for me as I show them.
- helping with responsibilities (books, pencils, practicing, time, etc.)
- being supportive and positive. Keep it fun and enjoyable
- sitting in on the lessons and being aware of what their child is learning, so they can help at home.
- being with young students while they practice. Generally, younger students need supervision; the younger the student is, the more directly involved a parent needs to be for their child to be successful.
- learning how to play piano, as well,1 and practicing with their very young child at home. For parents of a very young child, this is a requirement.
I work with students and parents to create a team approach to their child's learning. Most successful students have had what I call The Success Triangle: Good student, good parent and good teacher. Note: talent is not mentioned. Here, good parent means a time-involved parent (with practice, responsibilities, etc...) Also, if one leg of the triangle is weak or missing, the student is left unsupported; success is less likely. It takes an exceptional student to overcome this and achieve success.
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