Growing up, my mother decided that all 6 of her children were to take piano lessons from the first grade until they were 16. She did this not because of some great love of music but because that is what her mother made her do.
I began lessons with a teacher who was very serious and strict and who dictated the music I would learn and limited the scope to only songs that were completely inaccessible to me as a young child. I loved music, but being forced to play classical music without deviation led me to dislike piano.
While I begrudgingly learned excellent technique and strong music fundamentals, I didn’t enjoy playing.
As I entered high school I negotiated with my parents to find my own teacher, and it was then that I found my mentor, teacher, friend and role model. She saw the interest and desire I had to play and let me follow my own interest as far as picking repertoire.
I learned so much and I kept playing, and even today I’m the only member of my family who still plays and loves music.
In the years since then, I began teaching. I sought to teach kids first to love and appreciate music so that they will want to play music.
I’ve developed my method; a fun, playful introduction to note reading and song playing. In each lesson, I try to find the right balance of structure and play for each student, and each family. I offer composition from the very beginning.
I believe that learning to write songs is just as important as learning others’ songs. I also teach students to play popular music that they know from the beginning because I think that students should genuinely enjoy the songs they play. If you enjoy playing the songs you know, that builds a curiosity to learn new songs and styles you don’t know yet.
It is a privilege to be able to follow in the steps of my mentor and become the teacher that I always wanted.
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