Teaching Philosophy

I believe music education is a human right.

I believe that studying music helps us discover who we are and how we fit in the world around us. If I could describe myself before I started taking lessons I would use three words: insecure, flighty, and afraid. Since I started taking lessons I have become confident, dedicated, and fearless.

I believe that falling in love with learning is the key to falling in love with life. Music is challenging and requires hours of hard work but is also extremely rewarding and fulfilling. It is my job to take high level concepts and techniques and make them achievable for all students. I believe all students can become excellent players and excellent people.

Technique is the foundation to effortless music expression which is why I divide my lessons into three sections. Here is what a lesson with me would generally look like:

1/3 of lesson- Scales. A scale is the foundation to almost all music. Being able to play and identify different types of scales develops facility, pitch accuracy, and ear training.

1/3 of lesson- Technique. This section varies from student to student and is where we focus in on one or two specific techniques. This can include specific left/right hand techniques, etudes, sight reading, etc.

1/3 of lesson- Repertoire. Repertoire is selected to challenge the student and to set them on a path for success (and fun). Repertoire is where the student and I apply the technique we are learning to specific musical scenarios. I also require my students to perform at least one piece every semester. This can be a formal recital, an audition, a performance at church, or even a casual performance in the living room for the family.