Prior to moving to Arizona, I maintained a private teaching studio in Philadelphia for almost 5 years and plan on continuing to adapt my teaching style and philosophy to benefit my students. With me being a younger teacher, I am always researching new teaching techniques and philosophies in an attempt to improve my practice and enhance a student's learning experience. I believe that the most valuable piece of music a student can learn is one that inspires them to sit down at their instrument and practice or play it independently and enjoy it.
I have experience working with students of all ages and levels from the youngest being 3 to adult students in their 60’s. My approach is to have a student develop a strong foundation of skills necessary to bring on more difficult challenges. My goal is to not only teach music lessons, but to teach problem solving skills and improve a student’s focus. When a student doesn’t understand something or asks a question, instead of immediately answering, my method is to direct the student’s attention to the obstacle and ask the student questions so they can have pride in the learning process and discover the steps for figuring out the answer for themselves. I am so intrigued by the way a child's mind develops that I have started writing my own method books for piano and harp that I plan on publishing in the future. I have an intuitive style of teaching where I can recognize the skills a specific student needs to work on and can assign music based on these needs.
You probably are familiar with the many benefits of music, but just to name a few:
· It is one of the only activities that uses both sides of the brain and improves cognitive and mental functions.
· There is a correlation between student’s exam grades and musical activity.
· It stimulates the brain through visual, motor, and auditory skills. It improves your coordination and memory.
· Students think creatively and become more open with methods of problem solving
· It fosters teamwork skills when musicians perform with another musician or in a group setting
· A safe form of risk taking that helps conquer fears
The single most valuable lesson I have learned from my music studies is that nothing is ever truly difficult, but some things take more time to learn than others. I reiterate this to my students frequently. Another key lesson I try to express to my students is how important their focus and concentration is. This skill can be translated into classes at school and any activity outside of music. My favorite part of my personal learning process is initially looking at a piece of music to learn that seems daunting or impossible, and then breaking it down and learning it gradually over time to accomplish a cherished piece of music that can then be added to my repertoire. When you learn something you don’t think you will ever be able to accomplish, it is one of the most fulfilling experiences. The point of music isn’t just to learn how to play the notes of a song; it also teaches the beauty of expression and the discipline of sitting through learning skills that seem challenging at first.
For these and many other reasons, I believe music can and should be an essential part of every person's life and development. It provides them with tools that can be beneficial in their adult lives even if they pursue a different subject from music. Adult beginners find great benefits to learning an instrument as well. It can be a remedy for the daily stresses of everyday life and a relaxing, creative outlet. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain with music lessons.